The Tennessee Volunteers added a verbal commitment from a 2014 recruit on Monday — the same day that their first pledge in the 2013 class signed with another school. 6′-5″ shooting guard Jordan Cornish of Brother Martin (LA) made the call to become the first member of the ’14 class at Tennessee, while point guard Travon Landry was released from the Volunteers, and signed with New Mexico State, according to a release.
Just committed to the University of Tennessee!!!! #GoVols
— Jordan Cornish (@jordancornish_) May 7, 2013
Cornish picked Tennessee over the Oklahoma Sooners, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Purdue Boilermakers, Houston and UTEP, according to NOLA.com. He’s currently enjoying a solid spring for Nike Team Louisiana, in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, after a standout junior season. Cornish is averaging 10 points and 4 rebounds per game, though his low field and free throw shooting percentages will need to be ironed out to be effective in the SEC.
Tennessee will have a top notch shooting guard in their ’13 recruiting class, with in-state star Robert Hubbs headed in to the program. Presumably, Cornish will be able to develop in Hubbs’ shadow, at least initially.
Meanwhile, Huntington Prep (WV) point guard Travon Landry has changed courses. He was an early pledge to the ’13 class at Tennessee, but both sides parted way with a release from New Mexico State that Landry had signed.
Head coach Marvin Menzies said regarding the signing of Landry:
“We are pleased to welcome Travon Landry to the Aggie nation. Travon is a tenacious defender and competitor. Playing on one of the top high school teams in the United States last year, Travon brings a winning resume and attitude to the program. Increasing competition in practice is a must when developing a top-tier Division I men’s basketball program, and we’re optimistic that with this year’s additions the atmosphere of practice will be at a very high level.”