May 26, 2009
(Mike Griffith, GoVolsXtra.com) -- Basketball prospect Aaron Craft isn't ready to volunteer his services to Tennessee, after all.
Craft, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Liberty Benton High School in Findlay, Ohio, announced Tuesday that he is re-opening his recruitment.
Craft made a verbal commitment to play for the Vols on Sept. 3, 2008, but much has changed since then.
For starters, his recruiting ranking, and thus, the level of interest from other marquee programs.
Craft, who will graduate in the Class of 2010, wasn't listed in the top 150 of the Rivals ranking at the time of his commitment and was relatively anonymous among most all recruiting services.
Craft has since risen to No. 70 in the Rivals 150, ranking 18th among point guards in the Class of 2010.
The Vols have commitments from two others guards in the Class of 2010, Josh Selby and Jordan McRae.
Selby, from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, MD., is the No. 15 player in the Class of 2010 according to Rivals and the No. 3 point guard. The 6-1 Selby made a verbal commitment to attend UT on Sept. 20, 2008.
McRae, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Liberty County (Ga.) High School Also committed that same day. McRae is the No. 37 player in the Class of 2010 and ranked No. 9 among shooting guards.
The Vols signed junior college point guard Melvin Goins, of Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) to their most recent signing class on April 15, and Grainger County's Skylar McBee pledged his services on May 7.
McBee, a 6-2 combo-guard, turned down scholarship offers from Marshall and Santa Clara to join UT as a walk-on this summer with hopes of earning a scholarship after his freshman year.