Covington (LA) High linebacker Otha Peters thought he had his recruiting all settled.
Not only had Peters (6-1, 225) pledged to sign with Tennessee, but he had already lined up his number – 25.
But after a weekend visit to Arkansas, Peters said those plans are on hold - at least for a couple of days.
"I have been committed to Tennessee since July so that has been where I have been planning on going, but the visit to Arkansas has really got me to thinking," Peters said. "I've got a tough decision to make."
Asked point blank about reports out of Tennessee that he had eliminated the Razorbacks, he said that was inaccurate.
"No, like I said, I have a tough decision to make," Peters said. "Arkansas really showed me a lot this weekend and they think I can play there and make a difference right away."
There will not be a press conference.
"I'm going to make my decision on Tuesday after talking with my mom and my coach," Peters said. "Then I'll just sign the letter on Wednesday."
Peters was hosted by Arkansas linebacker Alonzo Highsmith and Jerry Mitchell, his friend since childhood.
"I have known Jerry for a long time," Peters said. "I have to say it would be cool to go somewhere that you could play with a guy you have known forever."
Tennessee lost a linebacker pledge on Sunday when Van (Texas) middle linebacker Dalton Santos – someone Arkansas also wanted - flipped from the Vols to Texas after visiting the Razorbacks a week earlier.
Peters, who had 157 tackles this past season, was one of three players –- that took official visits to Arkansas this weekend along with a pair of Razorback commits - Memphis Ridgeway defensive end Brandon Lewis (6-5, 230) and Tulsa (OK) Booker T. Washington cornerback Jared Collins (5-10, 170).
"I had a good time hanging out with those guys and the Arkansas players," Peters said.
Peters had a chance to get to know three new Arkansas defensive coaches in coordinator Paul Haynes, linebacker coach Taver Johnson, both who left Ohio State to join Bobby Petrino's Razorback staff, and new defensive line coach Kevin Peoples.
"They are both really cool and down to earth," Peters said. "They also really know what they are doing and let me know how they would use me. I would play both inside and out and they think I could be a big part of their defense. Coach Petrino and Coach Peoples are real cool, too."
One thing he is also considering is that Tennessee (5-7, 1-7 last season) is in rebuilding mode right now while Arkansas (11-2, 6-2) finished fifth in the nation this season and has thoughts of being able to win a national championship next season.
The Razorbacks downed the visiting Vols 49-7, but it is worth noting that Tennessee was without talented quarterback Tyler Bray.
"Arkansas coaches feel like they have a chance to win it all," Peters said. "They want me to be a part of that."
A Decision To Make
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