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Tennessee loses another recruit, after C.J. Turman granted release

The University of Tennessee has granted 6-foot-8 forward C.J. Turman his release from his letter of intent according to Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak on April 28.

Turman, a three-star power forward from Madison, GA (Morgan County), is the fourth incoming recruit to be granted their release since the Vols hired new coach Donnie Tyndall.

Turman is described as a beast in the low post due to his strength, physicality and athleticism. He is a great rebounder, especially on the offensive end.

Prior to with signing with Tennessee on Nov. 13, 2013, Turman drew interest from Alabama, Georgia, Houston, Georgia Tech and Miami. He averaged 13 points and 12 rebounds

Forward Phil Cofer and guards Larry Austin Jr. and Jordan Cornish had been granted releases last week.

The four prospects -- who signed with Tennessee when Cuonzo Martin -- won't likely sign with an SEC school because of a conference bylaw. Martin left April 15 to take over California's program.

According to SEC Bylaw 15.01.2 reads:

A student athlete who has signed an SEC Financial Aid Agreement with a member institution and is eligible to receive the athletic scholarship on the institution’s first day of classes of the academic year specified on the financial aid agreement, but who does not enter that institution or who does enter and withdraws from that institution before fully completing his/her first semester or quarter (except when the recipient of an athletic scholarship award enters military service before enrolling in the awarding institution and remains in military service for a period of eighteen months or more), shall not be eligible to receive an athletics grant-in-aid during the student-athlete’s first two years in residence at the second SEC institution.

Tyndell now has five scholarships available this season and will have to scramble to put together a respectable 2014-15 class. 6-foot-1 point guard JaQuel Richmond (Greensboro, N.C./ Wesleyan Christian) is the only prospect the Vols have offered a scholarship who remains unsigned. He also has offers from Florida State, Houston, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

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