Tennessee suddenly is back to square one in gathering a women's basketball recruiting class.
Guard Jannah Tucker, who verbally committed to the Lady Vols in June, has reopened her recruitment. The news was reported via Twitter on Tuesday morning by Kevin Lynch, a talent evaluator for the Blue Star Report. Tucker's father, Robert, couldn't be reached for comment. To date, Tucker was Tennessee's lone commitment for its 2013 signing class.
The 6-foot guard from Randallstown, Md., who's ranked No. 8 in the class by ESPN HoopGurlz, averaged nearly 30 points per game last season for New Town High School.
Tucker won gold medals with USA Basketball teams the past two summers. She suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in August, while playing in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.
Tennessee still is recruiting four guards. It's not known whether that was a factor in Tucker's decision.
One of the recruits is Kaela Davis, a 6-2 guard from Buford (Ga.) High, who is ranked No. 2 in the class. She committed to Tennessee in 2010 but her recruitment was reopened in February. At the time, Davis' mother, Kendra, expressed concern over the coaching future of then-coach Pat Summitt and the impact it was having on recruiting.
First-year coach Holly Warlick and her staff visited Davis at least once this fall and she made an official visit last weekend.
Guard Linnae Harper, the No. 5 ranked player in the class, has finished her visits and her mother said via Twitter on Tuesday that Harper will make a decision soon. She visited UT earlier this month.
Meanwhile, forward Emmonnie Henderson, who visited last weekend, said via her Twitter account that her choice is between UT and Louisville.
Mercedes Russell, a 6-5 center from Springfield, Ore., and the top-ranked player in the class, has the same choice. She visited last weekend and Bill Wagner, Russell's high school coach, said that Russell hit it off with the Lady Vols players.
"She really connected with a lot of the girls,'' he said.
Russell and Henderson both visit Louisville this weekend.