The Volunteers continue their streak of success on the recruiting trail as head coach Donnie Tyndall has sealed up yet another commitment. '14 PF Tariq Owens has given his commitment to Tennessee according to his father, choosing the Volunteers over other teams that had offered such as Temple, Florida State, Miami, Ohio, Richmond, Seton Hall, St. Joseph's, and VCU.
The 6'9, 180-pound power forward is a three-star recruit in the 247Composite and is ranked as the eighth-best player from the state of Maryland. As a power forward, Owens is rated 42nd in the entire country and adds to a growing number of recruits joining the Volunteers team.
Owens had signed his national letter of intent with the Ohio Bobcats on June 3rd, 2013. Then, on April 25th of this year, Owens was released from Ohio after Bobcats head coach Jim Christian took another job at Boston College. At one point, there was word that Ohio wouldn't let him out of his commitment, but eventually let him go. Owens then began looking at other programs and the Volunteers were the last of the schools to get an official visit from the forward, on May 15th. Less than a week later, Owens has decided that Tennessee was the place to be.
With Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon moving on from the team, Owens committing could help out the Volunteers front court right away. Owens joins five other recruits as fellow class members for Tennessee's class of 2014. Detrick Mostella, Kevin Punter, Jabari McGhee, Willie Carmichael, and Devon Baulkman all help make up the incoming class of freshmen, along with Owens himself.
Check out what Owens brings to the Volunteers on the hardwood: