Late additions boost Tennessee teams
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The Rivals.com team recruiting rankings for the class of 2008 have a couple of changes after a pair of important commitments this month.
Memphis jumps from the fifth spot to No. 4 in the 2008 team rankings after landing junior college prospect Roburt Sallie. The California native committed to Nebraska out of high school, and Sallie stuck with his pledge to the Huskers through junior college. However, an enrollment snag kept him from joining the Big 12 school.
Sallie considered a host of programs, but committed to the national runner-up. The four-star athlete gives John Calipari and staff another high-level prospect in the 2008 recruiting class.
Sallie joins five-star guard Tyreke Evans and four-star prospects Wesley Witherspoon, Angel Garcia and Matt Simpkins.
Tennessee landed Emmanuel Negedu, the No. 40 ranked player in the class of 2008, last week. His commitment pushes the SEC school from 10th in the team rankings to No. 7.
Negedu, a former Arizona signee, gives the Vols a third four-star prospect in the 2008 recruiting class - joining Renaldo Woolridge and Philip Jurick. Five-star Scotty Hopson leads the class. Junior college point guard Bobby Maze and three-star high school guard Daniel West round out the group.
Tennessee moved passed Florida, Florida State and Connecticut in the team rankings.
Rutgers replaces Cincinnati in the team rankings at No. 30 as the Scarlet Knights added Greg Echenique to the class. The four-star center was originally thought to be a part of the 2009 recruiting class but put his academics on fast-forward to enroll early with the Big East school.
Rivals.com will readjust the team rankings in the fall when student athletes enroll in school. The rankings will reflect any academic causalities that may occur between now and September.