U of M recruiting notebook

In the first installment of the U of M recruiting notebook, we take a look at the high-caliber prospects that the Tigers are currently in on. The outlook, after all, may not be so bleak.

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TigerAuthority's Take: He was gone, he was back, then he was gone again. True enough, the recruitment of Jarnell Stokes has been a whirlwind for mostly anyone involved. Before the fallout at Tennessee with Bruce Pearl and his staff, Stokes was almost certainly headed to Knoxville. Memphis capitalized after the Tennessee coaching staff was fired, however, and positioned itself well. The Tigers will have to fend off Arkansas, which will be a lot easier said than done. Mike Anderson has historically recruited Memphis well, and Arkansas is a storied SEC program. Still, we don't see this one going in the Thaddeus Young direction — that is, smart money's on Stokes staying home.
Recruiting: Arkansas, Memphis, Florida, Tennessee, UCLA, Connecticut

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TigerAuthority's Take: Memphis has made it all the way to Poythress' final four, and the Tigers will get him on his last official visit. The scuttlebutt around his recruitment is that it's a two-horse race between Kentucky and Florida. A native of Clarksville, Tenn., Poythress has never been too far from Lexington and that could have a heavy influence in his recruitment. Memphis has kept tabs on Poythress throughout his recruitment, though, and has been to Northeast High several times in the last month to check on the wing. If Memphis loses out on Poythress, it certainly won't be for a lack of trying.
Recruiting: Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Florida, Memphis

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TigerAuthority's Take: If William "Shaq" Goodwin wants to play football at the next level — and be somewhat relevant while doing so — Memphis might not be suited for him. Still, the Tigers are in a good position for Goodwin, who will begin his official visit schedule with a trip to Memphis on Oct. 14 for Memphis Madness. The Tigers have a great shot at the forward and should be in it until the end for Goodwin.

Recruiting: UCLA, Georgia, Memphis, Arizona, Florida

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TigerAuthority's Take: So, it's final: Tony Parker is considering Memphis, and the Tigers figure to be in the hunt until the very end. Several reports surfaced last month about the Tigers being eliminated from Parker's list, which ultimately proved to be untrue. Parker is very much considering Memphis; he's taken three unofficial visits to campus and is arguably more familiar with the climate and atmosphere here than any other university he is considering. His recruitment will be one worth monitoring over the next several weeks.
Recruiting: Ohio State, Memphis, UCLA, Georgetown, Duke

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TigerAuthority's Take: After Smith-Rivera de-committed from Xavier, the Tigers nudged their way into Smith-Rivera's recruitment. The Oak Hill guard (and teammate of Memphis commit Damien Wilson) has already taken visits to N.C. State and Georgetown and will visit Louisville on Oct. 14. Memphis gets Smith-Rivera on his last visit the weekend of Oct. 28, however, and is firmly in the running for the combo guard. It certainly doesn't hurt the U of M coaching staff's efforts that Wilson has Smith-Rivera's ear as his teammate.

Recruiting: Georgetown, N.C. State, Memphis, Louisville


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