Tennessee Basketball Makes Top Three For Five-Star Wing

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    Photo via Mitchell’s Twitter

    Low five-star forward Dillon Mitchell released his top three on Twitter Monday, including Tennessee with Florida State and Texas.

    The wing also holds offers from Auburn, Illinois, Ohio State, Arkansas, Florida, Miami, Ole Miss, Penn State, SMU, Texas A&M, South Florida, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.

    Mitchell is a talented small forward who attends Montverde Academy in Florida. The 6-foot-7, 180 pound forward would become the Vols’ highest rated commit.

    Mitchell ranks as the nation’s No. 28 player and No. 8 small forward according to the 247sports composite rankings. Ranked No. 28 nationally, Mitchell is currently the lowest rated five-star in the class of 2022.

    The Vols have been pushing hard for Mitchell for some time— especially since the NCAA lifted COVID-19 recruiting restrictions this spring.

    Mitchell visited both Tennessee and Florida this summer, visiting Knoxville on June 28 and Tallahassee on July 1. While Mitchell hasn’t visited Texas, the highly touted prospect has a visit set for Austin on Oct. 15.

    Mitchell visited Tennessee at the same time as the Vols’ only current commit, B.J. Edwards. The point guard and forward formed a bond that Tennessee is hoping can help them land Mitchell.

    Florida State has been viewed as a favorite in Mitchell’s recruitment by many national sources, but the Vols remain in the thick of it for the talented wing.

    While Tennessee currently has just one commit, the Vols are in the thick of the recruitment for a handful of top prospects in the 2022 class. Five-star Cason Wallace included Tennessee in his top four and will make his college choice on Nov. 7.

    The Vols hosted five-star power forward Julian Phillips to campus last weekend and four-star wing Jett Howard earlier this month. Howard is the son of Michigan legend and head coach Juwan Howard.

    Rick Barnes has provided Tennessee its best run of basketball recruiting in the modern era. Tennessee has recorded back-to-back top five recruiting classes and has inked five five-star recruits in the past three cycles.

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