The Cofers are keeping it in Tennessee.
Philip Cofer, son of former Vol football player Michael Cofer, announced via Twitter his verbal commitment to play basketball for the Vols on Tuesday.
Cofer is a 6-foot-8, 205-pound power forward from Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Ga. He is rated as a three-star prospect by both 247Sports and Rivals and ranked No. 127 overall in the Class of 2014 by 247 and No. 141 by Rivals.
ESPN, which ranks Cofer as the 56th best prospect in his class, calls him “a very athletic power forward that is active and aggressive.”
According to Rivals, Cofer held scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami and Ole Miss.
Michael Cofer is a former football star at Rule High School and at UT from 1979-82. He enjoyed a 10-year NFL career, but has spent the last six years battling amyloidosis, a rare and incurable disease in which proteins become insoluble and disrupt normal function in the kidneys and other organs.
The verbal commitment from Cofer is UT’s second for the 2014 class. On May 6, Jordan Cornish selected the Vols over scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Purdue, VCU, Houston, UTEP and Wake Forest. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Brother Martin High School in New Orleans is rated as a three star recruit by 247Sports and ranked as the 128th prospect overall in the class of 2014 and the No. 32 shooting guard.