Jannah Tucker reengaged with Tennessee

Jannah Tucker

Jannah Tucker and Tennessee have reengaged in the recruiting process, according to the father of the recruit, who took the blame for her de-commitment earlier this week. Go inside with Inside Tennessee for the latest recruiting news.

The father of Jannah Tucker, a Lady Vol 2013 recruit, told Inside Tennessee on Wednesday morning that he is working to resolve matters with the Lady Vols after the family was "bombarded with blatantly false and misleading information from the outside."

That information, which Robert Tucker said he "overreacted to," planted doubt in the father's mind and on Tuesday it was announced that Jannah Tucker had withdrawn her commitment to Tennessee and would explore other schools. Robert Tucker said Wednesday morning that she is not making other visits, and he was "very hopeful" for a resolution with Tennessee.

"Holly and her staff had nothing to do with it and are not at fault in any way," Tucker said. "They have been extremely professional and entirely supportive and I regret that I caused this confusion and distraction. My daughter's feelings for Holly and her staff have not changed."

Robert Tucker didn't reveal details of who interfered with his daughter's verbal commitment but he said it wasn't any specific organization or school and characterized the bombardment as coming more from adults and fan bases.

"Some people regretted we didn't go to certain schools," he said.

Robert Tucker said he regretted his overreaction to the onslaught – he indicated his daughter had been receiving pressure for considerable time since her verbal last June – and he "reacted as a dad" to protect his daughter. He also intends to get his daughter a new phone number.

"This is totally my fault," he said. "It is all on me. This is my miscalculation. Holly and her staff have been very supportive."

Tucker, a 6-0 wing from Randallstown, Maryland, is a top 10 recruit and the first to commit to Holly Warlick after she succeeded Pat Summitt as head coach. Robert Tucker has been in touch with Tennessee to discuss a resolution.

"Their position has not changed at all," he said. "Her position (Jannah Tucker's) hasn't changed at all."

It is thought that the two sides can settle the matter and Jannah Tucker could sign her LOI next month as intended. Robert Tucker said the de-commitment caused a flurry of recruiting activity, and he wanted the dust to settle and for matters to be resolved with the Lady Vols.

It was believed that Tennessee would be very receptive to reengaging the process.

"I am going to make sure I fix it," Robert Tucker said.

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