Rennia Davis, an elite recruit in the Class of 2017 made it public Sunday: She will play for Tennessee.
Davis is the fourth – and final – recruit for Coach Holly Warlick and staff. Assistant coach Jolette Law, who was the lead recruiter for Evina Westbrook, also took the lead on Davis.
Davis, a 6-1 forward from Jacksonville, Florida, joins Westbrook, a 6-0 guard from Salem, Oregon; Anastasia Hayes, 5-7 guard from Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and Kasiyahna Kushkituah, a 6-4 post from Alpharetta, Georgia.
She is a prolific scorer with 114 points tallied in her first three games this season at Ribault High School. Her jump shot has been compared to that of Chamique Holdsclaw because of its smoothness and effortless release. While that is rarefied air at Tennessee - and no one is comparing Davis overall to one of the greatest to ever wear orange - she does bring a complete game to the court in terms of offense, defense and rebounding.
Davis’ LOI was signed Wednesday, and she opted to wait until Sunday to make the announcement public at a celebration.
Davis was the Class 5A Player of the Year in Florida last season. As a junior, she averaged 20.3 points and 10.4 rebounds and led her team to a state title and then national high school championship at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Davis’ last official visit was to Tennessee on Nov. 4. Apparently, the Lady Vols left quite an impression on Davis. Hayes made the trip from Murfreesboro for an unofficial visit to meet Davis. Hayes has been instrumental in assisting with the 2017 recruiting class as she made it clear she was willing to play on or off the ball since Westbrook wants to play point guard in college and also can set up on the wing. Davis selected Tennessee over Oklahoma, Maryland, Georgia Tech and Kansas.
Tennessee’s class had been rated No. 1 in the country by All Star Girls Report (ASGR) and Prospects Nation with Hoopgurlz tabbing it No. 2. The addition of Davis should make the it the consensus No. 1 class. The class fills needs on the perimeter and in the paint.
It is a stark contrast to a year ago when the Lady Vols didn't sign any recruits in the early period and then added three players last April with now-freshman Kamera Harris, juco post Cheridene Green (redshirt to recover from knee surgery) and graduate transfer Schaquilla Nunn.
Now, the Lady Vols will spend the winter focused on the classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 instead of trying to shore up next season’s roster. The stellar class signed in 2017 also has gotten the attention – in a very good way – of the elite recruits in the upcoming classes.