Tennessee fans may not have to look far into the future for the next Tyler Smith to come through the doors at Thompson-Boling Arena. Bruce Pearl and his staff have already offered highly touted Tobias Harris of Glen Head, New York.
The Scout number one power forward in the 2010 class, made an unofficial visit to Tennessee's Elite Camp in early August. It seems as though Harris got a lot out of his time in Knoxville.
"I've been on a lot of unofficial visits so far, but Tennessee had nice facilities and I really like Coach Pearl and his Staff," he said.
Tobias has been tabbed as a "Hybrid" forward, meaning he likes to handle the ball and can show some range from the outside.
"I think that's kind of why Coach Pearl is recruiting me so hard," Harris said. "He's seen how good Tyler can be in his offense, and they see me doing a lot of the same things. I really like the faster paced, up-and-down offenses, and that's what Tennessee likes to do."
With a busy AAU schedule, and several unofficial visits this summer, Harris has been mulling over all his options, in hopes of figuring out a top 5 soon.
"We'll sit down and look at all the places that have offered and pick the schools I want to officially visit," he said.
Tennessee looks to have a shot at an official visit, despite going up against the usual power houses in college basketball.
"I've been offered by Connecticut, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Maryland, and a bunch of others," Harris said. "I'll pick my top 5 and then after I take the visits, I want to figure out who I'm the most comfortable with. I'm not sure yet when I'll make my decision."
One thing is for sure, for Tennessee to keep up with an ever expanding list of talent coming into the SEC now with the hiring of John Calipari at Kentucky, they will need to work extra hard to get players with the skill set of a Tobias Harris.