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June 11, 2013Tennessee got some excellent news early Tuesday afternoon when Georgia prospect Philip Cofer pulled the trigger on a verbal commitment. Son of former Vol football standout Mike Cofer, the 6-foot-8 forward picked Tennessee over a host of other SEC offers.
Cofer (6-foot-8, 205 pounds), from Fayetteville, Ga., fills an immediate need in Tennessee's 2014 Class. Adding size is a huge priority for Cuonzo Martin and his staff with the impending loss of Jeronne Maymon and the potential for an early departure the NBA from rising junior Jarnell Stokes.
Plugging Cofer into this class, especially this early, is a solid pick-up for the Vols.
A versatile player with a hard-nosed edge to his game, Cofer can guard multiple positions and is a high-level rebounder on both ends of the floor. He runs the floor well and with consistency for a player with his length.
To reach his potential he'll need to round out his skill set, but he's an SEC athlete without question, and he also fits the description of the kind of high character, hard worker that Martin has targeted in recruiting.
Cofer becomes the Vols second commitment in the 2014 Class, joining Louisiana shooting guard Jordan Cornish.
Rivals.com rates Cofer as a three-star prospect and the No. 131 overall player in the nation.