Tennessee granted basketball recruit Kevin Ware a release from his National Letter of Intent on Thursday, but there's still a chance Ware could play for the Vols next season.
New UT coach Cuonzo Martin said on Friday that he's scheduled to meet with Ware and his family after the Final Four concludes in Houston on Monday.
“It's like I said earlier this week, it's a matter of doing what's best for the young men we are recruiting,'' Martin said, “and a request for a release had been made and we honored that.
“You have to make sure guys are committed to a new staff. You want to get guys you know are committed, and make sure they know what they're getting themselves into.''
Meanwhile, Martin said he has talked with signee Chris Jones, a guard at Melrose High School in Memphis, and it's his understanding Jones no longer wants to be released from his National Letter of Intent.
Ware is a 6-foot-4 guard from Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga., and rated the No. 56 player in the nation by Rivals.com.
Martin said UT assistant coach Jon Harris watched Ware play on Tuesday and spoke with his father.
Jones is a 5-10 guard who is rated the No. 39 player in the nation by Rivals.com. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported last week that Jones wanted to be released from his National Letter of Intent. Jones could not be reached for comment.
The Vols have offered a scholarship to Josh Richardson, a 6-5 guard from Edmond (Okla.) Sante Fe High School who's ranked No. 121 overall.
Martin said his recruiting activity includes more than just looking at the available talent.
“It's not just recruiting at this point, it's evaluating from an academic standpoint,'' Martin said.
Tennessee will have between four and six scholarships available to offer in the Class of 2011, depending on the status of Freshman All-American forward Tobias Harris and All-SEC junior shooting guard Scotty Hopson.
Harris and Hopson have said they will declare for the NBA draft prior to the April 24 deadline. If the two don't sign with agents, they have until the NCAA-mandated date of May 7 to return to Tennessee without losing their eligibility.
The spring national signing period begins on April 13 and runs through May 18.