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DeMatha Coach Talks About Guard's Choice

As I was preparing to go on the set last night to reveal this week's football rankings on Washington Post Live, I got a call from DeMatha Coach Mike Jones to talk aboiut point guard Josh Selby's verbal commitment to play for Tennessee.

Jones said that he "was standing in the middle of the mall [on Saturday night] when his mother texted me to tell me." Selby previously had taken an unofficial visit to Louisville and was in Knoxville this past weekend on an unofficial visit.

"I know he felt very comfortable with the coaching staff," Jones said. "I think they did a great job showing him a family atmosphere when he was down there. That's one of the things he and his mother felt would be very important. He definitely made the decision because he felt very comfortable with the coaches, and obviously their style of play fits him very well. Being in that environment for the football game probably didn't hurt."

But didn't Tennessee get clobbered by rival Florida, 30-6 before 106,138 at Neyland Stadium?

"You've still got a stadium full of people all in orange and singing Mountain Top or Rocky Top, whatever that song is. If you're a 16-year-old kid, that's impressive. If you're 36, that's impressive."

(Jones is 34.)

By Josh Barr  | September 23, 2008; 9:45 AM ET
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I am glad that Josh Selby chose the Vols - and did not even consider Maryland.

Once again, Gary Williams goes down to a crushing dfeat on the recruiting trail.

Maryland will finish this season with a 15-16 record.

No NCAA or NIT bids

Gary Williams has nice golf game.

Posted by: Gary | September 23, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to Big Orange Country Mr. Josh Selby! You made a great choice and you are in for one heck of a ride with Coach Pearl and staff.

Posted by: Shannon | September 24, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Pearl is a lunatic-a ticking bomb waiting to explode, and an overrated coach. Any player who choses him is out of his mind.

Posted by: realitycheck | September 25, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

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