Five-Star Wing Officially Visiting Tennessee

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    Five-star wing Justin Edwards is officially visiting Tennessee this weekend for the Arkansas’ game, Pro Insight’s Andrew Slater reported.

    Edwards was set to visit Knoxville last weekend for the Auburn game, but had to cancel due to a conflict with his high school schedule.

    The 6-foot-7 wing helped lead Imhotep Institute to a Philadelphia Public League title over the past week.

    Edwards ranks as the nation’s 16th best player and fifth best small forward in the 2023 recruiting class according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    While Tennessee has just one commit in the 2022 recruiting class — B.J. Edwards — the Vols have been active hosting visitors from the 2023 class including Edwards, Kordel Jefferson and Cade Phillips.

    Edwards boasts 19 scholarship offers according to 247sports including from UConn, Kentucky, Auburn, Villanova and LSU.

    The five-star recruit has visited two schools since the NCAA lifted its COVID-19 visit restrictions. Edwards unofficially visited Maryland in the summer under former coach Mark Turgeon and officially visited Kentucky this fall.

    For the first time since the 2018 signing class, Tennessee struck out on its highly-touted targets in the class of 2022. Edwards remains the Vols only commit after Tennessee struck out on sought after prospects Cason Wallace, Brandon Miller and Dillon Mitchell.

    The Vols have been hot after a number of blue-chip recruits in the 2023 class, but Edwards is the first five-star they’ve hosted for a visit.

    Tennessee is “checkering” Thompson-Boling Arena for the regular season finale against Arkansas. Tip-off between the Razorbacks and Vols is at noon ET.

    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.