Tennessee Vols morning report: Jahmai Mashack signs, Lady Vols ink top five class

Athletes signing with various programs leads our Nov. 12 Tennessee Vols news.

This week’s game between the Tennessee Vols football team and the Texas A&M Aggies may have been postponed, but that hasn’t stopped the news from flowing in. The postponement of another game on Wednesday now only leaves three SEC games set to be played this weekend anyway.

Our morning update on Rocky Top still leads with a bit of football news, though, as updates on the situation continue to come in. Beyond that, though, the real news involves recruiting. Four different sports signed commitments on Wednesday, and we’ll cover all of them.

While recruiting is the major story, we have an update on a former Tennessee Vols football player to bring you as well. You could say that today’s coverage heavily involves future and former players. Let’s start with more football updates though.

Jeremy Pruitt addresses program at SEC Teleconference – Grant Ramey, GoVols247

With Saturday’s matchup postponed, Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt addressed the media at an SEC Teleconference on Wednesday and talked about preparations for their next outing, against the Auburn Tigers. Here’s a bit of what he said about the Texas A&M situation.

“Obviously I would say our kids are probably disappointed. But I think our guys have done a really nice job so far being able to handle this COVID. Again, after getting our test results back for the last two times this week, we’ve so far not had any positives.”

Jahmai Mashack signs with men’s basketball programMatthew Ray, SI.com

The first member of the Tennessee Vols men’s basketball 2021 recruiting class signed with the program on Wednesday. UT announced the signing of four-star small forward Jahmai Mashack, who is one of two commitments in the program’s class for 2021. Five-star guard Kennedy Chandler is the other one.

The 6-5 Fontana, California, native is rated as a national top-50 prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 4 overall prospect in his state by 247sports.com. He also is an honors student in the classroom.

Lady Vols ink top five class – Maggie Gregg, WVLT

Three four-stars and a three-star made up the Tennessee women’s basketball 2021 recruiting class. All of them signed with the program on Wednesday.

UT said Karoline Striplin, Kaiya Wynn, Sara Puckett and Brooklynn Miles signed letters of intent, head coach Kellie Harper announced Wednesday.

Collegiate Girls Basketball said, collectively, it’s the nation’s fifth-best class of the early signing period.

Two signees join men’s tennis programUTSports

Chris Woodruff, head coach of the Tennessee Vols men’s tennis program, announced the signing of two new recruits for 2021 on Wednesday. One of them is from overseas.

UT welcomes American prospect Louis Cloud and Ireland native Conor Gannon who will each enroll in the Fall of 2021.

“The University of Tennessee is really excited to welcome both Conor and Louis,” Woodruff said. “Both guys fit the mold of what we teach here, which is competitive spirit and grit.”

Men’s golf announces two signees – Golfweek

Knoxville product Lance Simpson joined Canadian prospect Laurent Desmarchais, who comes from Longueuil, Quebec, as members of the Tennessee Vols men’s golf recruiting class for 2021. Simpson is a Junior Golf Scoreboard Top 25 player nationally, and Desmarchais won a PGA Tour amateur event in Canada this past summer.

As unusual as 2020 has been, the future of college golf continues. We’re reminded of that as the next wave of college golfers begin signing their National Letters of Intent (Wesnesday).

Rams cut Daniel BituliKen Lay, VolsWire.com

Former Tennessee football linebacker Daniel Bituli has been cut by the Los Angeles Rams. Bituli, a rookie, signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent this offseason and was on the practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster. He has been signed and cut multiple times.

The Nashville, Tennessee native had a stellar career at UT, leading the Volunteers in tackles each of his last three seasons on Rocky Top.

Bituli was a defensive leader for the Vols, who lost two games in which he missed last season. After returning from injury, Bituli helped the Vols turn their 2019 campaign around.