Stokes enjoys official visit

Jarnell Stokes

Jarnell Stokes was one of four prospects on an official visit to University of Memphis that started Friday night with Memphis Madness, which, according to Stokes, went just like he expected -- and that's a good thing.

Jarnell Stokes' official visit to the University of Memphis was absolutely everything he expected.

"It was great," said Stokes, the Tigers‘ top priority for 2012. "I had a lot of fun. Of course, it was my hometown. I knew what everything was."

Stokes, along with Atlanta big men William Goodwin and Tony Parker, as well as Oak Hill wing and Memphis commit Damien Wilson, was on an official visit to Memphis that started Friday night with Memphis Madness.

Although Rick Ross, who was originally scheduled to perform but pulled out due to suffering multiple seizures, didn't show, Stokes said his replacement, Yo Gotti, did a more-than-sufficient job of filling in.

"Yo Gotti saved the show," Stokes said.

Being from Memphis, Stokes said he went into Memphis Madness with the understanding of how rabid Memphis fans are. Still, he was surprised at the reaction he and the other recruits received at Memphis Madness.

"Before Memphis Madness, we walked through the FedExForum — we couldn't even get through," Stokes said. "There were so many fans trying to get autographs and take pictures and talk Memphis. That was the only thing I didn't expect. Everyone know who we were — our names, what we looked like, everything."

Stokes said there was a familiar tone with his latest visit, which, for U of M fans, is definitely a good thing.

"The fans went crazy," Stokes said. "It was pretty much what I expected. I know how crazy Memphis fans are and how much they love Tiger basketball."

So far, Stokes has visited Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, and Memphis. He said Sunday he's debating on spending his last official visit at either UCLA or Connecticut.

Stokes is the No. 18-rated player in the country and one of the best remaining uncommitted seniors.

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