Tennessee Makes Top Four For Five-Star Combo Guard

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    Photo via Brandon Jenkins, 247sports.

    Texas guard Cason Wallace released a new top four Wednesday. Rick Barnes and Tennessee stayed in the thick of Wallace’s recruitment, making his top group. Kentucky, Texas and Texas-San Antonio joined the Vols in the top four.

    Wallace ranks as the nation’s 12th best prospect and 2nd best combo guard in the 2022 class, according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    The Richardson, Texas native released a top three earlier in August but added UTSA to his final group this week.

    Tennessee was considered the favorite in the five-star’s recruitment until John Calipari and Kentucky offered the 6-foot-4 guard.

    Wallace took his first ever visit to Kentucky last weekend and the Vols have made seemingly made through the visit without the five star joining the Wildcats.

    Next for Wallace is an official visit to Texas this weekend and then an official visit to Knoxville on Sept. 17. Unless Wallace sets up another visit, Tennessee will get Wallace’s final official visit before committing on Nov. 7.

    New Tennessee assistant coach Rod Clark got the Vols in Wallace’s recruitment after joining the staff back in April. Wallace visited Tennessee in June after the NCAA lifted restrictions on on-campus visits for high school prospects.

    B.J. Edwards is currently Tennessee’s only commit in the 2021 class, but Wallace is one of a handful of top prospects considering the Vols. Barnes and his staff have Tennessee deep in the recruitments for Yohan Traore and Brandon Miller.

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