Leron Black off the board, Vols now eye Kevon Looney and Sept. 21 visit

News of White Station (Tenn.) High School power forward Leron Black’s commitment to Illinois on Saturday morning wasn’t exactly a surprise, but that didn’t lessen the sting for Tennessee.

The Vols had Black slated for a Sept. 28 official visit to Knoxville. A UT home football game against South Alabama was on the docket.

That’s all changed. Black, having visited Illinois this weekend, committed to Illini coach John Groce on Sunday morning, thus cancelling his trip to Knoxville and additional scheduled official visits to Baylor and Indiana.

Now all orange eyes are trained on five-star Milwaukee, Wis., forward Kevon Looney. The KNS confirmed on Sunday that Looney has an official visit scheduled to Knoxville on the weekend of Sept. 21 – a non-football weekend for Tennessee.

Even with the scheduled visit, the Vols are still considered a long shot to land Looney. He’s long been considered a heavy lean to Duke, where he’ll visit next weekend, and he’s also considering Michigan State, UCLA, Wisconsin and Florida, where he visited this weekend.

Looney is ranked as 2014′s No. 11 overall recruit in the 247Composite, which equally weighs prospect rankings and ratings from major recruiting media outlets. He is ranked as the No. 3 small forward in the nation.

UT currently holds four 2014 verbal commitments. The most recent came on Aug. 18 from Madison, Ga., power forward CJ Turman, who is ranked No. 147 overall in the 247Composite ranking. He joined point guard Larry Austin (No. 100), shooting guard Jordan Cornish (130) and power forward Philip Cofer (134) as top-150 players pledged to Tennessee. All four are rated as four-star prospects by ESPN.