Tennessee's recruiting guest list for this weekend is one visitor shorter than before.
Alaina Coates, a 6-foot-4 center from Irmo, S.C., dropped the Lady Vols from consideration and won't be making an official visit. Instead, she will choose between South Carolina and Georgia. Coates is ranked 28th in the Class of 2013 by ESPN HoopGurlz.
Still, the Lady Vols will be entertaining four recruits for the team's biggest recruiting weekend of the fall. And there will be a big post presence with Mercedes Russell, a 6-5 center from Springfield, Ore. She is the top-ranked player in the class. Russell averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds and five assists per game last season and was named the Class 5A player of the year for Oregon.
Russell is deciding between UT and Louisville, and will visit the Cardinals next weekend.
Russell is one of two top 10 prospects visiting this weekend. The other is guard Tyler Scaife from Little Rock, Ark., who is ranked No. 9 in the class by HoopGurlz.
The other visitors will be Emmonnie Henderson, a 6-2 forward from Edwardsville, Ill., who's ranked No. 40, and Jordan Reynolds, a 5-11 guard from Portland, who's ranked No. 42.