4-star JJ Peterson on possibility of ending up at Tennessee: “If I find a hat, it’s over”


More good news on the recruiting front might be coming pretty soon for Tennessee.

The Vols have been trending in the right direction for outside linebacker JJ Peterson since coach Jeremy Pruitt took the job. The 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 Jan. 12,” he said. “If I find a hat, it’s over.”

Certainly encouraging for Tennessee fans.

Not only does Pruitt have a great relationship with Pruitt, but he’s also close with Kevin Sherrer who will be the Vols new defensive coordinator. Sherrer was the primary recruiter of Peterson while he served as the linebacker coach at Georgia.

Peterson rates as the No. 2 outside linebacker and No. 44 prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Moultrie, Ga., native has the ability to come in and contribute almost immediately next season.

Peterson is simply just a higher class of prospect than who the Vols have regularly brought in over the past few years. This would be a tremendous get for Tennessee if they can close the deal.

The Vols have struggled with linebacker play the past few seasons when Darrin Kirkland is sidelined with an injury. Pruitt plans to implement a 3-4 scheme next season which will put much more of an emphasis on better linebacker play.

The Vols have one linebacker signee in junior college transfer Jordan Allen. Matthew Flint is also committed, he planned to sign during the early signing period in December. He held off which might signal there is some uneasiness between him and the coaching staff, possibly about fit.

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