GoVols247 is reporting that Tennessee hoops has landed the commitment of Class of 2018 4-star center D.J. Burns. The Rock Hill, South Carolina player chose the Vols this afternoon over South Carolina.
According to 247Sports, Burns is the No. 103 overall prospect in the Class of 2018 and the 12th-best center in the nation. That makes him the highest-rated signee under Rick Barnes at Tennessee. He’ll take one of the Vols’ two remaining scholarships.
Burns was originally a 2019 prospect but recently reclassified to the 2018 class. He’ll be joining a team that returns nearly everyone from a 2017-18 season that surprised many and ended with an SEC Championship and an NCAA Tournament bid.
Some of the credit for this commitment apparently goes to team chaplain and VFL Chris Walker:
DJ Burns’ mother tells me that @cwalk8432 and his work with the Tennessee basketball team through FCA was a big part of the family’s decision to pick the Vols.
— Rob Lewis (@Volquest_Rob) June 2, 2018