The J.J. Peterson saga continues to drive Vol fans crazy. But according to Austin Price of Volquest, the drama may soon be over.
Originally, it was reported late last week that Peterson was set to join the Vols on either Monday or Tuesday of this week. Now that timetable has been pushed back, but not very far. Price appeared on The Swain Event morning sports talk show on Tuesday and was asked about Peterson. While he said the coveted four-star linebacker isn’t currently on campus or on his way, he should be by Wednesday night.
“In talking to people…the hope now is that he departs south Georgia tomorrow and arrives late tomorrow night,” Price said on Tuesday morning.
Tennessee has been waiting for Peterson to arrive for months, but his academic situation has prevented him from officially joining the Vols’ roster. Peterson was rated as the No. 48 overall player and No. 3 outside linebacker in the 2018 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and he was the highest-rated player in Tennessee’s 2018 signing class.
As of now, Peterson has missed all of UT’s offseason strength and conditioning program and all of fall camp. If he joins the Vols this week, he likely won’t be able to contribute to the team until late October or November. He’ll still need to acclimate physically and mentally, learn how to practice, and learn the defensive playbook.
Classes for the University of Tennessee started last Wednesday, but the add/drop date for classes is still active. This week is cutting it as close to the deadline for enrollment as Peterson possibly could.
We will update as more information becomes available.