On Monday, the Class of 2008 combo guard stepped up to the plate and made a decision.
"Yes, Cordell did verbally commit to the University of Tennessee," Sheila Passley said. "He went there on an unofficial visit on his own in the last couple of weeks. He really liked the visit. Actually, he fell in love with the whole facility."
It's not often a freshman garners an offer from a school, let alone makes a commitment and that's why it's important to understand the history of the situation.
"Our relationship as a family goes all the way back to Milwaukee," Passley said. "It's an excellent situation with Coach Pearl and Coach Jones. They're special coaches with Cordell's growth and development in their hands … we really trust the coaching staff.
"I know he's young but he's going to be playing at the highest level. The University of Tennessee is a great program but I know he'll be proud to represent them at the highest level."
Passley's mother said her son was ecstatic when he found out the news that Pearl would be headed to Knoxville.
"When he heard Coach Pearl was going to be there he went crazy."
Passley is at one of the top high school programs in Indiana. As previously stated, he attended the Nike All-America Camp and the Hoop Jamboree last season. Though he didn't play on the varsity as a freshman he was a JV standout.
"He started on the junior varsity team and he did excellent," Passley said. "He would average about 12 points and about 8 rebounds. Hopefully his sophomore year he'll get more time. We moved into a new district and you have to pay your dues and that's probably why he didn't a whole lot of minutes. You have to pay your dues."
It certainly sounds like the relationship Pearl and his staff have with the family is certainly paying dividends in Knoxville.