After recently bringing Tyler Smith into the fold at Tennessee, the Volunteers have lost a prospect in the decommitment of Jarvis Hill. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard from Starkville, Miss., and attending Central Park Christian in Birmingham, Ala., has already visited one SEC school and is also considering two other SEC schools.
"I've decided to open up my recruitment,” Jarvis Hill told Rivals.com. “It was nothing against Tennessee, who has a good program. I really liked the coaching staff, and it was a good opportunity for me, but I decided to look around and find a place where I was more comfortable.
“When I first committed I didn't really have the chance to look around and see enough of everything before I decided. So I rushed into it a little bit."
Not only did Tennessee fans have to swallow a tough defeat to Auburn on the football field, but they also face the prospect of losing Hill to the same school.
"I took an official visit to Auburn two weekends ago and had a great time,” he said. “It was my first time on campus, and I was impressed with everything. I went to the football game, and the crowd was rowdy, and I had a lot of fun.”
With the prospects of Tennessee landing combo guard Jamont Gordon looking brighter by the day, the prospect of early playing time in an up-and-coming program is enticing for Hill.
"I like Coach [Jeff] Lebo because he's a young coach who is trying to bring his program up,” he said. “They need some players, and I feel like I would have the chance to step on the court and play early as a freshman."
Hill is also considering Ole Miss and Mississippi State but is not sure if he will officially visit either of the in-state schools.
"I took a visit to Auburn, and I'm considered them along with Ole Miss and Mississippi State,” he said. “I haven't set up any more visits, and I'm not sure if I will or when if I do.
"I'm looking for a school that with a great culture that will give me a chance to reach my goals both on the basketball court and academically. I just want to fit in and enjoy college."