The fracture became clear with the first question to the laconic basketball star, who averaged 22.5 points per game as a senior at King High School and is rated higher overall than any other Vol signee.
Are you coming into Knoxville next Friday (April 7)? "I suppose so," he said. "I'm really not sure. The word on the street is that they (Vols) were bad talking me. I ain't saying who told me, but that's what I'm hearing. I've got to get that figured out."
Smith didn't wish to delve any deeper into the topic of Tennessee's alleged negative appraisal. He also declined to comment on his falling out with UConn which led to his decision to de-commit.
However he was willing to discuss what it was about Tennessee that attracted him initially and how he might fit into Bruce Pearl's up tempo scheme.
"I like the way Tennessee runs, the way they get up and down the floor," he said. That's more my style. And I like the coaches. I played both shooting guard and point guard in high school. Actually Tennessee is interested in me as a point. Coach Jones is the one recruiting me for Tennessee."
Ramar Smith said he has his own style and doesn't get into comparing himself to any other players.
"I don't like to compare myself to nobody," he said. "I'm very strong. I'm 6-3 and about 200 pounds. I can create off the dribble and run the floor."
While many observers felt his decision would be between Arkansas, which he visited last month, and UT, Smith dispels that notion.
"I don't know when I will decide," he said. "I'm still considering all my options."
And is one of those options include visiting Tennessee next week?
"Yes, I suppose so," he responded. "As far as I know it's still on."