Tennessee picked up a commitment from the highest available prospect in the Class of 2022 on Thursday when Julian Phillips chose the Volunteers over Auburn, G League Ignite and other collegiate and professional options in a ceremony on CBS Sports HQ. Phillips came in at No. 18 in the final Class of 2022 prospect rankings released by 247Sports on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-8 wing from Blythewood, South Carolina is ranked even higher by the 247Sports Composite, which slots Phillips as the No. 12 overall player and No. 4 small forward in the class. His commitment vaults Tennessee's recruiting class from No. 77 to No. 36 in the 247Sports team rankings for the 2022 recruiting class.
"I picked Tennessee because I have a great relationship with Coach Barnes, Coach Gainey and the rest of their staff," Phillips said on CBS Sports HQ.