Tobias Harris chooses Vols over Georgia Tech

Sorry but I got pulled off on the Uga VII story. But in case you didn’t see it, five-star power forward Tobias Harris signed with Tennessee over Georgia Tech and five other schools (Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Syracuse and West Virginia).

Following is an account from the Baltimore Sun:

Tobias Harris, the five-star forward from Dix Hills, N.Y., has made his decision.

“I’m going to be playing my college basketball at the University of Tennessee,” said Harris, who announced his decision live on ESPNU Thursday night.

Harris picked the Volunteers over Maryland, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Syracuse and West Virginia.

“I really had a great relationship with Coach [Bruce] Pearl and Coach [Tony] Jones,” Harris said. “It’s just a family atmosphere down there. I got along with the players real well and it’s just a great opportunity and fit for me.”

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Joe Blow

November 19th, 2009
7:53 pm

Another recruiting victory for the Big Orange! Oh yeah and 45-19!


November 19th, 2009
8:33 pm

Maybe he can learned to pull of armed robberies and steal merchandise from stores better than the football players. Hope Tobias can survive the pressure to become a thug at Tennessee!


November 19th, 2009
8:54 pm

What reeled him in was the great inmate release progrom our school has.


November 19th, 2009
8:57 pm

wow!!! tennessee won a recruiting battle for a player once….that is a moral victory for the bright orange crown. when you get mcdonalds all americans like the yellow jackets and the uk’s and the orangemen, then come talk trash……derrick favors #1 player in america last year…..chris bosh #2 forward in america a few years back…..iman shumpert the #2 shooting guard in the country last year….thaddius young the #2 forward in the nation a few years ago…..javaris crinton the #1 point guard in the nation a few years ago…..mufo madofia #5 ranked point guard last year….etc


November 19th, 2009
9:02 pm

Tobias who?? If he had serious talent, he’d have selected the ACC…


November 19th, 2009
9:05 pm

Maybe you Hewitt supporters will finally understand that he cannot coach. Before last year you all said we would do much better than the year before and we went 2-14 in the ACC. This year you all said wait until the hot frosh come in. Take a look. We will have a losing record in the ACC this year. He cannot coach and must go.


November 19th, 2009
9:09 pm

Sadly enough I don’t blame the kid. No one looks good in orange but Coach Hewitt ain’t getting the job done. We are as bad as UGA in football. We get all the “whatever number of stars you need recruits” and don’t do a darn thing with them. Recruits don’t mean jack, you have to coach them now and then coach them up. Just like in Athens, we ain’t doing squat. We lost to Dayton! Don’t give me that crap about how good they are either, we are “supposed” to be an ACC contender. Yeah right, I got some ocean front land in Clayton County I will sell you too. Come PH, get your butt in gear. You are a great guy but time is short.


November 19th, 2009
9:09 pm

Ramblinwreck you miss the point. It is not recruiting it is coaching. He has recruited pretty well, but the results are pitiful. He simply cannot coach and he has to go. Our program is a mess. We will have a losing record in the ACC this year.


November 19th, 2009
9:24 pm

ramblinwreck is clueless. Tennessee has great basketball talent and a fantastic coach. Harris won’t be the only blue chip player to sign with the Vols this class – mark it down. GT will underachieve again this year. Go Vols!


November 19th, 2009
9:30 pm

GT will underachieve again this year?

I can’t think of a safer bet.

Duke Blue

November 19th, 2009
9:33 pm

RAMBLINWRECK What did you get with all of those high ranking players……………NOTHING!! Get over it


November 19th, 2009
9:33 pm

Since the dawgs are never good in basketball….glad to see him make a smart decision and not pick Tech. Great pick up for the Vols and the SEC…not expecting anything different for us in Fox. Way to lose to Dayton and the Vols…..Tech is a bunch of losers!

Louis Skolnick

November 19th, 2009
9:35 pm

booger, we have a basketball team?


November 19th, 2009
9:36 pm

not yet, Louis.


November 19th, 2009
9:45 pm

It’s just basketball


November 19th, 2009
9:46 pm

Georgia Tech is no longer the basketball powerhouse they once was before and really I could careless cause I care more about Tech football.


November 19th, 2009
9:48 pm

Who cares? He’ll only be there for one season.


November 19th, 2009
9:49 pm

Well since he decided to go to Tennessee he probably won’t play because he will get arrested in his first semester there. Lol. But seriously Pearl better keep him away from Kiffin’s boys.

The Source

November 19th, 2009
9:49 pm

Once again Joe Blow…your name fits you like a glove!

Smyrna Man

November 19th, 2009
9:50 pm

RAMBLINWRECK… The Vols do have a McDonald’s All-American and the other night he lead the Vols with 25 points and made 6 three-pointers.


Bruce Pearl is a Weirdo

November 19th, 2009
9:53 pm

I dont know who this kid is but if he’s going to TN then he may be already be a wanted criminal.


November 19th, 2009
10:01 pm

Taco has it figured out.

Tech Man in Dawg Country

November 19th, 2009
10:49 pm

Hey Guys,
Show some class. The kid chose what felt right to him. No need to get ugly. Thought for a moment I was in the wrong blog. I am used to having to apologize for m, but this time, it was a lot of you. Just say congratulations and wish him well.


November 19th, 2009
10:59 pm

Tech ventors have shown their poor sportsmanship once again by their nasty remarks about a young man just because he REJECTED Tech…… ironically, I wish he had gone to Tech rather than the Little Orange – can’t stand Pearl the Squirrel.

Wyatt Earp

November 20th, 2009
12:20 am

…just like last year boys…another warning for yuins…

I’m coming to BDS on 11/28…AND HELL’S COMING WITH ME!


November 20th, 2009
4:30 am

the problem with GT and Paul Hewitt is that he just can’t keep the players from being injured or declaring early for the draft. I think that really killing him and the team.


November 20th, 2009
6:02 am

Show some originality in your posts, haters. I’m waiting for the hillbilly references.


November 20th, 2009
6:06 am

Another recuiting victory for the big orange. AND OH YEAH 2-4 in the SEC!!!!!!!!!!!!


November 20th, 2009
6:55 am

Joe, you must have skipped too many of the few English classes at Tech…or you went to UGA…or Marietta Poly. Or Joe’s Garage (apologies to Frank Zappa).
RE: Hewitt – really makes you miss the Cremmins days, huh? But he can’t be fired. Too much to buy out and he’s a power in the Black Coaches Association.


November 20th, 2009
7:04 am

Joe – you sure sound like a UGAg grad – ‘they once was’ – are you kidding me?? And by the way, if you ‘really could careless’ – that means you do care – you moron


November 20th, 2009
7:12 am

This shows just how far the program has fallen under the “leadership” of Paul Hewitt.


November 20th, 2009
7:29 am

Are you a numbers guy Birddawgone?? How does 20 of 27 sound…..with 4 TD’s??? How about 45-19???

Jimmy Barron

November 20th, 2009
7:39 am

He picked Tennessee over Syracuse at the end. Tech wasn’t even in the final picture, yet the headline suggests otherwise.


November 20th, 2009
8:34 am

Flo-ri-duh There is a very good reason you can’t stand Pearl the magnificent. He just beats Billy’s butt like a jungle drum. Why are you jealous? Billy can recruit but when he goes up against Pearl he stands on the sideline with no idea what to do. It is a comical sight. So far he has beaten him with talent that Billy wouldn’t have recruited. Watch what he does with all of the guys he’s taking away from the state of Georgia plus the # 5 player in America. You Tech fans should just relax and be happy that you have a great football team. Basketball will have to wait a few years.


November 20th, 2009
8:38 am

GTguy44 is totally correct. Hewitt must go. Any other schools out there want a dumb-a$$ coach.

Bobby Brown

November 20th, 2009
8:47 am

It’s hilarious to see Tech fans pick on UT arrests. You guys live in Atlanta. Just flip on the news at night or go down to Grady for a reminder of how safe your fair city is. Every school has their thugs.


November 20th, 2009
8:50 am

Your headline shows your bias. Why include gt in it when there were what 7-8 shcools in the running. Why not just say he chose Tenn. Anything to put GT in a bad light right chip? I mean, we got the photos of you at games in athens wearing uga stuff. Nice accurate reporting.

Pago Flyer

November 20th, 2009
9:12 am

Actually, you only need to watch the last 5 mins in roundball.

BCS is a cartel

November 20th, 2009
9:15 am

He went to UT because Memphis already has signed three 5 star recruits for next year. He would not have been able to get on the court at Memphis.

And RamblinWreck, what has GT done with all of those 5 star recruits? Nuff said.

TN chokes in NCAA dance

November 20th, 2009
9:18 am

Sambad, who is Pearl getting out of GA. Kendrick the top play in GA and #12 in the nation is going to Memphis. The rest in GA couldn’t get on the floor at Memphis


November 20th, 2009
9:19 am


Man I like Tech but Tennessee is a much better program with a better coach. Hewitt is going to be gone next year. He is the reason Tech lost yesterday. No good plays and no open shots down the stretch.


November 20th, 2009
9:33 am

so Tobias picked Tn over GT,, gee I wonder why…

Bobby G

November 20th, 2009
9:34 am

Taco, Tech didn’t lose to Dayton, they lost to Dayton’s BENCH! Their two top scorers scored 0 and 7 points, respectively. UD is ranked for a reason – - they are a very, very solid team from top to bottom and know how to win the tough games, and aren’t intimidated by “BCS” teams (they are 7 -2 in their last 9 meetings against “BCS” schools, including Louisville, Pitt and WVa). Tech will do OK this season – maybe 18 – 10, but their team is just too young to gut it out down the stretch in the ACC. Hewett’s job is definitely on the line if he misses the Big Dance.

GT Fan

November 20th, 2009
10:09 am

Fire Paul Blewitt….asp. Don’t blame the kid for not play for Hewitt

Rock Chalk

November 20th, 2009
10:28 am

Don’t you just love delusional Tiger High…….I mean Memphis fans. When was that last national title? Let us know when you join a big boy league. The only city more corrupt than Detroit is Memphis. I don’t blame UT for choosing kids from Atlanta rather than east Arkansas and north Mississippi.


November 20th, 2009
10:52 am

Fire Hewitt, he is a second rate high school coach who is spending his 1,000,000 dollars a year on racial division instead of winning the division.

Tobias Harris

November 20th, 2009
11:05 am

Hey yall sorry I passed on Tech but I wanted to show off my skills against the weak SEC rather than get big national exposure, but have tougher match-ups, in the bigger markets in the ACC and Big East. I’ll take 2 tough games against Kentucky over playing against UNC, Duke, Louisville, UConn, Pitt, and G’Town. SU has a great class already and I don’t want Dion Waiters stealing my shots. At UT, I can have padded stats that further enhance my 2011 NBA Draft status. Yall know I’m 1 and done.


November 20th, 2009
11:38 am

What has Ga Tech every won with the great recuits that they have in basketball.They even let DAYTON BEAT THEM YESTURDAY.i do not think iwould to much.

Smart Guy!

November 20th, 2009
4:14 pm



November 20th, 2009
4:31 pm

dawgdude- Tech losers, really? this coming from a program that lost at home to the mighty Wofford terriers? HBTD!
flh – did you see something outside while you were posting your comment?

I wish the Mr. Harris well at UT.