UPDATE: Evan Daniels confirms the Tennessee visit for Blackshear. Daniels also reports that he will see Kentucky this week as well.
Source: Kerry Blackshear, the top available graduate transfer, will take an official visit to Tennessee on June 14th. Am told that he's also planning to visit Kentucky this week.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) June 10, 2019
Tennessee has turned up the heat on Virginia Tech grad-transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. over the past week, despite having an open scholarship spot for next season. After being labeled a dark-horse contender for the 6-10 power forward, Tennessee has seemingly jumped into legitimate contention this week.
According to Grant Ramey of 247 Sports, Tennessee is expected to get Blackshear on campus this week for a visit.
This following new from Jake Weingarten, who reported that Blackshear was Tennessee’s No. 1 priority right now. Weingarten reported that Tennessee had hoped to get Blackshear on campus next week, now Ramey is reporting that it’s going to happen.
More Kerry Blackshear Jr. news: Tennessee’s number one priority is landing the highly-coveted Virginia Tech transfer, a source told @Stockrisers. The staff hopes to have him on campus at some point next week.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) June 8, 2019
He’s currently finishing up Arkansas OV after visiting UF last week.
As Weingarten noted, Blackshear is finishing up his visit with Arkansas and has already seen Florida. The Gators, along with Kentucky and Texas A&M have been the major players to this point with Blackshear.
As a junior last season at Virginia Tech, Blackshear averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He was a key cog in the Hokies’ run to the sweet sixteen last season and is thought of as the top grad-transfer option on the market this offseason.
Blackshear is originally from Orlando, Florida. He signed with Virginia Tech as a four-star prospect in the class of 2015.
Again, Tennessee currently does not have an open scholarship spot for Blackshear, meaning that one player would have to leave the program for the numbers to work. Interestingly enough, Tennessee sent out a new 2019 offer over the weekend.
Will we see another move made by the Vols this summer? It certainly does seem possible at this point.