Four-Star Shooting Guard Reportedly Sets Tennessee Visit, Impressed With Coaches Dedication

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    Tennessee Basketball target Juke Harris. Photo via Jayden “Juke” Harris on Instagram (@jukeeee3).

    Tennessee is set to host a Top 100 class of 2024 basketball recruit this fall.

    According to a report from 24/7 High School Hoops on Wednesday, four-star shooting guard Jayden “Juke” Harris is set to visit the Tennessee basketball program from Oct. 14-15.

    This will be Harris’ second visit to Knoxville. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard had an unofficial visit with the Vols back in early July.

    Harris has taken a handful of unofficial visits so far through 2022, including NC State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, and Virginia. However, with the talent that Harris has at the guard position, he told On3 Sports last week that he has been talking to plenty of schools and how each one of them is unique in some way or another.

    “I would say I hear the most from Houston, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, NC State, South Florida, Tennessee,” Harris told On3 Sports’ Jamie Shaw. “I hear from all the schools that have offered me pretty regularly. I don’t have any official visits set yet, but I know I will set something up with Tennessee, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Houston.”

    According to 247 Sports, Harris has already racked up more than 20 scholarship offers.

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    As one of the first teams to have offered Harris a scholarship, Tennessee does seem to have made an impact on Harris’ recruitment so far. Harris told On3 that the U.T. coach’s dedication to his work on the high school scene has really been noticeable.

    “I’ve been talking a lot with coach (Justin) Gainey,” Harris said via On3. “He has been making sure I’m doing well. He came to literally every single game I played in California, and I noticed that.”

    Juke Harris ranks as the No. 74 overall player in the class of 2024 rankings according to On3 Sports’ consensus rankings. Additionally, the Salisbury, North Carolina native also ranks as the No. 17 shooting guard and the No. 8 player from the state of North Carolina. Harris recently also moved into the Top 50 on 247’s rankings as well.

    There’s no real indication yet as to who the favorites are in Harris’ recruitment. Although he does have a few standouts in mind already, it seems to be anyone’s game at the moment as he continues to talk with schools and decide where he wants to eventually take his official visits.

    One way or another, it looks like Juke Harris will be heading back up to Knoxville for a second time this October.

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    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.