For much of his recruitment, JJ Peterson was considered a heavy Alabama lean. As one of the nation’s top linebacker prospects, he’s an ideal fit for Jeremy Pruitt’s defensive system given his speed and athleticism for a player of his size. When Pruitt switched sides to Tennessee, things obviously changed with Peterson.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Georgia linebacker ended all speculation on where he plans to play his college ball as he has pledged to Tennessee over Alabama Saturday during the 2018 edition of the U.S. Army All-American Game. The nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker prospect, according to 247Sports Composite, is also ranked as the No. 44 overall prospect in the nation.
Pruitt isn’t the only reason Peterson was drawn to Tennessee, his former high school teammates Shawn Shamburger and Ja’Quain Blakely both play for the Vols. Interestingly enough, Peterson’s high school coach, Rush Propst, hired Pruitt years ago at Hoover High School in Alabama.
Peterson is currently Tennessee’s highest rated prospect in the 2018 recruiting cycle. His pledge moves Tennessee’s class up to the No. 15 spot in the team rankings — jumping over East rivals Florida and South Carolina.
To get an idea of what Peterson could potentially bring to Tennessee’s defense, check out one of his high school highlight reels: