Tennessee Wing Target Committing Friday Coming Off Visit To Knoxville

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    Texas small forward D.J. Jefferson is making his college commitment Friday, On3’s Joe Tipton first reported Tuesday.

    Jefferson visited Knoxville last weekend and will decide between Tennessee, Wake Forrest and Washington State.

    Last weekend has already been a fruitful recruiting weekend for Rick Barnes and his staff. New York power forward Tobe Awaka was on Tennessee’s campus along with Jefferson and committed to the Vols Tuesday morning.

    Awaka committed to the Vols as a part of the 2023 class will the possibility of reclassifying and enrolling at Tennessee ahead of the 2022-23 season.

    Jefferson is part of the 2022 recruiting class where he would become Tennessee’s third prep commit, joining B.J. Edwards and Julian Phillips.

    The small forward has varying rankings on different recruiting sites. Jefferson ranks as a three-star and the No. 131 player in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings and as a four-star and the nation’s No. 77 player in the On3 consensus rankings. On3’s personal rankings are extremely high on Jefferson, ranking him as a top 50 prospect.

    While Jefferson plays his prep basketball at Minnesota Preparatory Academy in St. Paul but is originally a Richardson, Texas native. The Vols have been active recruiting the “Lone Star State” since Rod Clark joined Barnes’ staff last spring.

    With Awaka currently in the 2023 class, Tennessee has four scholarships to fill before the start of the season. The Vols lost five players to the transfer portal and Kennedy Chandler to the NBA Draft following their season and have added Edwards and Phillips in addition to Indiana State transfer Tyreke Key.

    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.