Top Tennessee Target Announcing Commitment Friday

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    Julian Phillips, a five-star power forward in the class of 2022, is making his college decision Friday at 4 p.m. ET, the highly sought after prospect announced on his Twitter earlier this week.

    Phillips, a South Carolina native who plays his prep basketball at Link Year Prep in Missouri, cut his list from 10 to four last week— including Tennessee, LSU, Florida State and USC in his top group.

    The 6-foot-8 forward is the nation’s No. 15 prospect and No. 2 power forward according to the 247sports composite rankings. If Phillips chose Tennessee, it would be the fourth straight recruiting class that Rick Barnes and his staff signed a five-star recruit.

    Prior to Josiah Jordan James commitment in the class of 2019, Tennessee hadn’t signed a five-star basketball prospect since Robert Hubbs III in 2013.

    Phillips visited LSU and Florida State— as well as Clemson and Wake Forest— in June before visiting Tennessee and USC in September.

    The last visit Phillips went on was his visit to Knoxville the last weekend of September.

    With just one current commit, Tennessee’s class is ranked 63rd nationally. A commitment from the talented big man would bump the Vols’ class to the No. 22 class in the country.

    Tennessee is coming off signing back-to-back top five recruiting classes and Phillips commitment would go a long way to bringing the Vols another highly touted class.

    While B.J. Edwards is currently Tennessee’s only commit, the Vols are in the thick of Cason Wallace, Dillon Mitchell and Chandler Jackson’s recruitment.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.