With the country starting to look normal again, big time college recruiting is set to follow. Starting in June, official in-person visits will resume following a year of virtual only recruiting. Tennessee basketball already has big plans, and those plans got even bigger on Monday morning.
Four-star point guard BJ Edwards is a big time Tennessee target, coming out of the Knoxville area. Per Jake Weingarten, Edwards has his official visit with the Volunteers scheduled for June 8th.
High 4⭐️ junior BJ Edwards has locked in and finalized his official visit to Tennessee for June 8th, he told @Stockrisers. Rick Barnes getting one of his top targets, regardless of class, on campus for his first official visit.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) May 17, 2021
Edwards recently scored 30 points against WACG. pic.twitter.com/k9HfSXqDhy
Edwards will join five-star wing Brandon Miller on the 8th — another in-state target of the Volunteers. Five-star guard Cason Wallace will visit ahead of that, while four-star power forward De’Ante Green will follow later in the month.
Tennessee has landed five five-star prospects over the last three recruiting cycles, establishing Knoxville as a destination for elite talent. As things currently look, Rick Barnes has a pretty good shot to keep that going in the 2022 cycle.
Edwards comes from Knoxville Catholic High School and currently sits as the 82nd ranked player in the 2022 class. He’s the fourth ranked player in the state for now, coming off of a massive AAU performance over the weekend where he scored 33 points. The 6-3 guard is a potential riser in the class.
Tennessee will welcome five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler this season, who will look to replace Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson as the primary creator for the Volunteers. The top 15 overall prospect certainly could be another one-and-done candidate, so prioritizing and getting Edwards in the boat is a must for Barnes.
As it has been all along, this is Tennessee’s battle to lose. Offers stand from Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Auburn and Florida, but the Volunteers are the perceived leader here. Let’s see if they can finish the job.