Vic Wharton III has new, nearby offer

A coaching change has put Tennessee firmly in the race for Vic Wharton III.

The Volunteers new coaching staff under Butch Jones offered the ESPN Watch List junior a scholarship on Friday. Jones and his staff already knew Wharton III well. They recruited him aggressively at Cincinnati before being hired by Tennessee earlier this month.

"I love Coach Jones," Wharton said. "Their staff was a reason why Cincy was one of my top schools."

Wharton has scholarship offers from several schools, most notably Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.