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Nichols Had A ‘Great Visit’ To Tennessee

Tennessee’s basketball staff has received a nice review from its weekend hosting forward Austin Nichols of Briarcrest High School in Eads, Tenn.

Mark Nichols, Austin’s father, told the Knoxville News Sentinel that Tennessee’s staff made a strong effort to impress the top target remaining on its board for the 2013 class.

“It was a great visit, man,” Mark Nichols said. “Tennessee did a great job. The basketball staff just did a wonderful job. It was awesome. They didn’t miss any opportunities to impress us.”

Auburn will have its chance to impress Austin Nichols when he visits the school next weekend. He’s also considering Vanderbilt, Duke, Memphis and Virginia.

Nichols is ranked the nation’s No. 11 overall prospect for the class of 2013 by ESPN.

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Quarterback Robinette Headed To Vanderbilt

Quarterback Patton Robinette has decided to attend Vanderbilt instead of North Carolina.

The quarterback from Maryville (Tenn.) High School appeared set on enrolling at North Carolina for the spring semester. But Robinette confirmed to the Knoxville News Sentinel that he’s leaving Chapel Hill to attend Vanderbilt.

How close was Robinette to attending North Carolina? He was sitting in freshman orientation on Sunday afternoon when he decided “it just didn’t feel right.”

Robinette is the first quarterback to join Vanderbilt’s 2012 class, which now has 20 commitments.

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Five-Star Stokes Chooses Tennessee

Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin landed his first elite recruit on Thursday when Memphis, Tenn., forward Jarnell Stokes committed to the Vols.

Stokes, who’s considered a five-star prospect and the nation’s 11th-best player by, chose Tennessee over Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Memphis.

“I have spent a lot of time in prayer about what to do and I believe that the University of Tennessee is the right place for me,” Stokes said, according to “I am excited about the future at Tennessee. I am going to work as hard as I can to fit in with my teammates and learn the system as quickly as I can to help the team.”

And Stokes plans to help Tennessee right away. He’s eligible to enroll in college next month and will be available to play for the Vols when the spring semester begins on Jan. 11.

I’m ready to play,” he told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I’m not going to lie. I’m going to be pushing to play.”

How significant is Stokes’ commitment for Tennessee? Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel explains.

Memphis was considered at a time to be a favorite to land Stokes, but the Tigers were at a disadvantage because they don’t have an athletic scholarship available this season. Gary Parrish of wrote this week that NCAA rules would not allow Stokes to play this season as a “recruited walk-on.”

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And Another For Tennessee

Tennessee continued its busy week in recruiting by picking up a commitment from Knoxville athlete Cody Blanc.

Blanc, who chose UT over Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt, confirmed his commitment to the Knoxville News Sentinel on Friday morning. He’s the ninth player to commit to UT’s class of 2012 and seventh player to do so this week.

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Receiver Commits To Tennessee

Wide receiver Corey Smith from Akron, Ohio, has committed to Tennessee.

Smith, who chose the Vols over offers from North Carolina, West Virginia and Illinois, still has to take care of his academics before he arrives at UT.

Smith plans to attend East Mississippi Community College this fall as he tries to become eligible, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Smith is UT’s second commitment for the 2012 class. The first commitment came from running back Imani Cross from Gainesville, Ga.

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BBL: Linking up Kentucky’s win over Washington

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Tennessee Lands Receiver Arnett

Wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett from Saginaw (Mich.) High School committed to Tennessee on Wednesday night.

Arnett chose UT over Michigan State. He also considered Michigan, California and Southern California.

Arnett took an unofficial visit to UT during the Oregon game on Sept. 11. Arnett saw the opportunity to fit in with standout freshmen receivers Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers.

“Everything about it I liked when I went down there,” Arnett told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “With Da’Rick and Justin on one side and me in the slot, things can be special at UT.”

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SEC: Even more Cameron Newton allegations

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Basketball Standout To Choose Thursday

Forward Adonis Thomas from Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose High School will announce his college choice on Thursday, according to multiple reports, including the Memphis Commercial Appeal and Knoxville News Sentinel.

Thomas is considering Memphis, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee and UCLA. ranks Thomas the nation’s sixth-best small forward and 15th-best prospect overall for 2011.

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