By ROBERT VENDETTOLI
Runnin’ Rebels head coach Dave Rice and his staff were back at it again Tuesday, adding their eighth prospect to an already stacked 2014 recruiting class with the signing of 6-foot-6 shooting guard Jordan Cornish of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans.
Cornish, who originally signed with the University of Tennessee last fall, was granted his scholarship release by the Vols after head coach Cuonzo Martin left to take the head coaching job at California.
A consensus three-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and ESPN, Cornish chose the Rebels this time around over offers Nebraska and Wake Forest. Known for his defensive intensity and perimeter shooting, Cornish averaged 20.9 points per game as a senior.
Sitting Gucci Row at UNLV… Young Rebel, Young Lion nothing you could tell me pic.twitter.com/Ei30NCqAb2
— Jordan Cornish (@JordanCornish5_) May 20, 2014
With incoming senior transfers Jerome Seagears (Rutgers) and Cody Doolin (San Francisco) still waiting word on their NCAA transfer waivers, Cornish could see the floor early this fall.
The addition of Cornish puts the Rebels one over the NCAA scholarship limit of 13 for the 2014-15 season, meaning either Rice expects one of his current players to transfer out within the coming weeks or an incoming recruit will have to go without a scholarship this fall.
Cornish, who got a strong recruiting push from fellow UNLV shooting guard signee Rashad Vaughn of Findlay Prep, also is a friend of 2015 Top 10 big man recruit Elijah Thomas, who tweeted that he received 120 recruiting letters from UNLV on Tuesday.
Check out video highlights of Cornish below.