Tyndall lands 2015 prospect

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New Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall’s first commitment for the 2015 signing class is a young man with a combative approach and a name to match.

Admiral Schofield, a rugged 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward from Benton High School in Zion, Ill., went public for the Vols during a Sunday visit to the UT campus.

Though unranked by Scout, Schofield has started to attract attention from some of college basketball’s big boys after several strong showings in summer competition. He picked Tennessee over offers from West Virginia, Wofford, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Rather than wait for a few more high-major offers, Schofield opted to cast his lot with the Big Orange and prove detractors wrong during his senior year of high school ball.

“I’m playing with a chip on my shoulder from now on because I feel I’m just as good as the rest of these guys,” he said following a recent AAU tournament. “I feel I can play with anybody in the country, and I wanted to show my true abilities because I feel I’m pretty underrated. I feel like I’m very versatile and that I can play with anyone in the country, and that’s just my mentality.”

Scout recruiting analyst Brian Snow has noticed Schofield’s aggressiveness on several occasions.

"Admiral is a physical wing who is tough and loves to attack the rim,” Snow told InsideTennessee. “He isn't a great athlete but he is strong and has a decent idea of how to play. He’s not going to be a star, but he is someone who can play a role as an upperclassman."

Schofield’s father, Anthony, is a Navy man who believes strongly in discipline. That’s why he named his middle son Admiral and his youngest son General. The oldest son, O’Brien, is a safety for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, so a competitive nature runs in the family.

Admiral Schofield idolizes NBA superstar LeBron James and hopes to display similar versatility in his own game.

“He plays any position, he plays defense, he attacks and he’s strong,” Schofield said recently. “So I try to model my game after him because he can beat guys athletically and skillfully.”

Tyndall won a lot of games at Southern Miss with stocky, aggressive guys who crashed the backboards. His spring signing class for Tennessee, however, featured mostly slender bodies – Tariq Owens (6-feet-10, 205 pounds), Willie Carmichael (6-feet-8, 210), Jabari McGhee (6-feet-8, 210), Devon Baulkman (6-feet-5, 200), Kevin Punter (6-feet-4, 180), Detrick Mostella (6-feet-3, 170) and Ian Chiles (6-feet-1, 200).

Since then, however, Tyndall has added a couple of bruisers – 6-foot-10, 290-pound Memphis transfer Dominic Woodson and the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Schofield. The Vol coach also reeled in an invited walk-on – 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard Braxton Bonds.

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