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JJ Peterson commits to Tennessee

The Volunteers get the second-best linebacker in the country to commit.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

New head coach Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Volunteers scored a coup on Saturday.

The Vols got the No. 2 linebacker in the country to commit to them. That being J.J. Peterson, who announced his commitment to UT during the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Peterson was one of the Vols’ top targets and it’s easy to see why. The Colquitt County (GA) linebacker is a stud, rating as a 4-star recruit on 247Sports Composite. As we mentioned, he’s the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation, only trailing Georgia Bulldogs commit Adam Anderson (also a U.S. Army All-American) in that department. He ranks eighth in the state of Georgia, behind such players as Anderson, Trevor Lawrence, Jamaree Salyer and Justin Fields.

J.J. Peterson is listed at 6-foot-1.5, 210 lbs. as of now. The Moultrie, Georgia native brings serious speed and tackling abilities to the table. He’ll be a much-needed source on defense and should play very well in Jeremy Pruitt’s system. After all, he’s been following along with Pruitt since he was on the Alabama Crimson Tide staff. But, with him going from Tuscaloosa to Knoxville, Peterson too will be in orange and white next fall.

With Peterson aboard, Tennessee’s class now ranks 16th in the nation. In the SEC, the Vols’ class ranks fifth behind Georgia, Alabama, the Auburn Tigers and LSU Tigers.