Since Jannah Tucker's trip to Tennessee last February revolved around women's basketball recruiting, the visit was unofficial in nature.
But her father, Robert, couldn't help notice that his daughter's feelings seemed very genuine.
After leaving a Lady Vols' Sunday matinee at Thompson-Boling Arena, she told him: "Dad, I finally understand what my teammates said. You just know."
"You've got those feelings?'' Dad asked.
"Yeah, this is it,'' she said.
Tucker acted on those feelings after a second visit this weekend, choosing the Lady Vols and giving new coach Holly Warlick and her staff their first commitment from the Class of 2013.
The 6-foot guard from Randallstown, Md., is ranked No. 8 in her class by ESPN HoopGurlz. Her resume includes a gold medal as a member of USA Basketball's U16 team last summer. This year she was invited to the U17 World Championship team trials and was transferred to the U18 team trials roster.
Despite being sidelined with an ankle injury for part of last season at New Town High, she still averaged nearly 30 points per game. Tucker holds the school's single-game scoring record with 39 points.
Along with UT, her final choices were Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia and Villanova.
After their February trip, Robert advised his daughter to think it through and she complied. Tucker followed the Lady Vols through the season's duration. She processed an historic coaching transition in April when Pat Summitt stepped down after 38 seasons and Warlick, the longtime assistant, replaced her.
The return trip was in conjunction with UT's
summer camp. Tucker realized then that nothing had changed.
"I loved it before,'' she said on Monday. "I still love it now."
While Lady Vols assistant coach Dean Lockwood laid most of the recruiting groundwork, Warlick was a factor down the stretch. During her thought process, Tucker prepared as best she could for Tennessee's uncertain coaching future. She made a point of watching Warlick work on the sidelines and noted her involvement as much as the television broadcast would allow.
"I knew the standard at Tennessee wouldn't change regardless of who the coach was," Tucker said. "Holly really is an extension of Pat. I knew it wouldn't be a completely different program."
Warlick scored points with Tucker's father by visiting with him in February, before UT's game against Auburn.
"She just wanted to make sure that I was comfortable," Robert said. "I was extremely impressed with her professionalism."
The significance of being the first 2013 commitment of the Warlick era wasn't lost on Tucker, who said: "I really want to help bring back that tradition."
Tucker's father knew how his daughter felt. So he spent the weekend walking around UT's campus, getting a better feel for the place himself.
"For us, it's everything a student-athlete could want,'' Robert said. "For a high-caliber athlete not to see that, I don't know. She must be looking for something different."