4-Star OLB Prospect JJ Peterson Commits to Tennessee over Auburn, Georgia, More

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2018

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The Tennessee Volunteers added a speedy and versatile outside linebacker to their 2018 recruiting class Saturday when JJ Peterson announced his commitment during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, per 247 Sports.

Peterson, who is 6'1½" and 210 pounds, is a 4-star prospect, per 247Sports, and the No. 44 overall player, No. 2 outside linebacker and No. 8 player from the state of Georgia in his class.

He attracted plenty of attention from premier programs in the area of his hometown, Moultrie, Georgia. Teams such as Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Georgia all made offers, according to 247Sports.

Peterson's speed stands out, and he uses it to attack the quarterback on blitzes around the edge, pursue ball-carriers across the field and even drop back into coverage. What's more, he possesses plenty of power that helps him dish out hard hits.

He'll bring that talent and versatility to a Tennessee program in need of a boost.

The Volunteers are looking to re-establish their status as the SEC contender they were in the past. They have to keep their defense among the country's best in order to do that, and Peterson has the potential to develop into an anchor for years to come.

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