Tyndall lands 4-star for 2016

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Head coach Donnie Tyndall got Tennessee’s 2016 signing class off to a good start on Monday by securing a commitment from four-star power forward Romello White of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound White is ranked No. 15 among Class of ’16 power forwards by Scout. He chose Tennessee over offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Clemson, among others.

White averaged 8 points and 6 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Peachtree Ridge High of Suwanee, Georgia last winter, then transferred to IMG over the summer.

White told Scout recruiting analyst Brian Snow he picked the Vols “because of their great facilities and the great coaching staff,” adding: “I really like their up-tempo style of play. I think it is the right system for me and that I fit in well.”

After watching White compete for Stackhouse Elite in last July’s Peach Jam event, Scout national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels wrote the following:

“White put together a strong showing against the Upward Stars. The 6-foot-8 power forward ran the floor with purpose, cleaned up misses inside and showed some aggression on the offensive glass. He has a lean frame and isn’t real strong, but he played with more effort and energy than seen in the past. He has a good set of hands and nice touch with either hand in the paint. In all, White finished with 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting and reeled in 11 rebounds.”

Snow has similar thoughts on White, who he describes as “a good run and jump guy who runs the floor well and makes plays with energy and athleticism.”

Daniels called White one of the “breakout performers” at The Elite Preview last spring in Norcross, Georgia, noting: “White impressed with his activity level. White rebounded in and out of his area, managed to get his hands on shots and finished plays in the paint. White also flashed a nice set of hands.”

Basically, the newest Vol sounds like a more polished, higher-rated version of current Vol freshman Willie Carmichael, another 6-foot-8, 210-pounder with a blue-collar work ethic.

"I get a lot of rebounds," White said of his game. "I drive a lot and get to the basket and I block shots."

With White in tow for 2016, Tennessee continues to pursue players for its 2015 class. The Vols signed 6-foot-6, 220-pound small forward Admiral Schofield (Zion, Illinois) and 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard Shembari Phillips (Marietta, Georgia) in November but are likely to add a post prospect and a point-guard prospect in the spring signing period.

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