Five-Star Wing Approaching College Decision

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    Five-star small forward Justin Edwards plans on announcing his college commitment during this month’s Peach Jam, On3’s Joe Tipton reported Thursday night.

    Peach Jam is the crown jewel of Nike’s EYBL summer AAU circuit and is a one-week event held in Augusta, Georgia from July 17-24. Rick Barnes and his staff found Zakai Zeigler at Peach Jam — as you likely heard on an abundance of ESPN broadcasts — last year and the event hosts the best players in the EYBL circuit.

    Edwards released a top seven of Auburn, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, Villanova and the NBA G-League in late April. Despite being a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native, experts say Edwards’ recruitment is down to the three SEC schools— Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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    Edwards is one of the top players in the country, ranking as the No. 4 prospect and No. 1 small forward in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    Rick Barnes and his staff are in the midst of an unprecedented run of recruiting success in Knoxville, signing six five-star prospects in the last four cycles. Still, Edwards would be the highest ranked signee in Tennessee in the Barnes’ era.

    Tennessee has been in on Edwards for a long time, offering him over a year ago and hosting him on an official visit for the Arkansas game in March. Kentucky is the only other school Edwards has officially visited.

    Four-star power forward Cade Phillips is currently the Vols’ only commit in the 2023 recruiting class after Tobe Awaka announced he was enrolling in summer school classes to be a member of the 2022 recruiting class.

    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.