KNOXVILLE – Tennessee’s basketball team received a commitment from forward Philip Cofer on Tuesday afternoon, giving coach Cuonzo Martin his second pledge for the class of 2014.
Cofer, who is the son of former UT football player Mike Cofer (1979-82), is a 6-foot-8, 205-pound power forward out of Fayetteville, Ga. He chose the Vols over offers from Auburn, Alabama, Cincinnati, George Mason, Xavier, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and others.
Not surprisingly, the scouting report on Cofer is that he’s an athletic player who excels on defense – both typical traits of a Martin recruit.
“Cofer is a very athletic power forward that is active and aggressive,” ESPN.com wrote in a scouting report. “He attacks the glass on both ends and snatches rebounds in and out of his area. He is a tip-in and tip dunk threat if not aggressively and physically boxed out. Cofer runs the floor well and finishes above the rim over or around defenders.
“[Cofer] excels in transition. He is an above the rim finisher, high level rebounder and shot blocker. His defense is ahead of his offense but as his skills develop his game will go to the next level because he has great upside.”
The 2014 class will be crucial for Martin as he tries to reload a roster that could lose most of its production from the 2013-14 season. Forward Jeronne Maymon, guard Jordan McRae and swingman D’Montre Edwards are all rising seniors already on the roster. The Vols also have a commitment from Memphis transfer point guard Antonio Barton, who only has one year of eligibility remaining. Junior forward Jarnell Stokes is also a candidate to leave school early for the NBA.
That leaves the frontcourt particularly bare with freshman forward A.J. Davis and junior center Pops Ndiaye as the only two who are virtually certain to be on the roster for the 2014-15 season.
Cofer joins guard Jordan Cornish (6-6/215/New Orleans, La./3-star) as the two commitments for UT in the 2014 class.
Rivals.com: 3-star; No. 141 in the nation
ESPN.com: 4-star; No. 56 in the nation
247Sports: 3-star; No. 127 in the nation
247Sports Composite: 3-star; No. 107 in the nation
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee football for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga