More good news on the recruiting front might be coming soon for Tennessee.
The Vols have been trending in the right direction for 4-star outside linebacker JJ Peterson since coach Jeremy Pruitt took the Tennessee job. Peterson, a longtime Alabama lean, sounds like he might be following Pruitt to Rocky Top.
Peterson spoke with SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk about the chances of ending up with the Vols.
“My first official, I’m going to the Vols on January 12,” he said. “If I find a hat, it’s over.”
That’s certainly encouraging for Tennessee fans.
Not only does Peterson have a great relationship with Pruitt, but he’s also close with Kevin Sherrer, the Vols’ new defensive coordinator. Sherrer was the primary recruiter for Peterson while he worked as the linebackers coach at Georgia.
Peterson ranks as the No. 2 outside linebacker and No. 44 prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Moultrie, Ga., has the ability to contribute immediately next season.
Peterson is a higher class of prospect than what the Vols have regularly brought in the last few years. This would be a tremendous get for Tennessee if the Vols can close the deal.
The Vols have struggled with linebacker play the last few seasons when Darrin Kirkland was sidelined with injuries. Pruitt plans to implement a 3-4 scheme next season, which will put more emphasis on linebacker play.
The Vols have one linebacker signee in junior college transfer Jordan Allen. Matthew Flint also is committed. He planned to sign during the early signing period in December, but held off, potentially signaling some uneasiness between him and the coaching staff.