There was a time when the only high school prospects listing Tennessee as a possible choice for basketball were players the Vols had contacted.
Following men's basketball recruiting has gotten more complicated, as players' interest in Tennessee is not an assurance the Vols will reciprocate with a scholarship offer.
Not that UT minds the extra attention.
"It's important to be on all of the 2012 kids' radar,'' UT associate head coach Tony Jones said. "History shows a lot of kids like to make their commitments during their junior year.''
While the Vols are still looking for at least two more signees in the Class of 2011, they also are looking to position themselves for 2012.
"We'll try to locate the best kids and see where they will be playing in the summer,'' Jones said. "We'll start contacting them in June.''
In many instances, it won't be the first time UT has seen the players on their 2012 list in action.
"We've been to a lot of high schools to evaluate academic status and to learn more about them and their background,'' Jones said. "We're hoping we see a lot of them at our elite camp in June.''
Former UT player J.P. Prince said he wouldn't be surprised to see the tide turn for the Vols in Memphis.
"You've got to remember it's only been five seasons for Coach (Bruce) Pearl, and that may seem like a lot, but it's not,'' Prince said. "The kids coming into high school now see Tennessee as an established program.''
Transfer possibility?: Arnett Moultrie, a 6-foot-11, 220-pound center who is transferring out of Texas El-Paso, has been the subject of Internet message board conversation of late.
The Vols' coaching staff is aware of Moultrie but is not allowed to comment on him as per NCAA rules.
Moultrie, who averaged 10 points and 6.7 rebounds last season, will have to sit out a year at whatever Division I school he chooses, and it's believed he will only play a year at the school he selects before trying to turn professional.
Moultrie was projected as the 25th pick in the 2011 NBA draft by draftexpress.com in a November 2009 evaluation.
Arkansas and Mississippi State are considered the frontrunners for his services, but Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas also have shown interest, according to various reports.
Summer School: All of UT's current players are expected to enroll in summer school classes, but not for the purpose of maintaining eligibility for the upcoming fall semester.
Jones said UT had no academic casualties in the spring term, and the players are taking summer school classes to stay on course to graduate in four years.
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. He may be reached at email@example.com.