It's not a secret that the University of Tennessee needs to upgrade its talent at the linebacker position.
One Louisiana prospect recently picked up an offer from the Volunteers and the Covington linebacker couldn't have been happier.
According to Otha Peters, a 6-foot-2 and a half inch 225-pound athlete, the offer from Tennessee last week was a pleasant and exciting surprise.
"I was excited and shocked at the same time," Peters said. "At first I thought my coach was kidding around with me, its a dream of mine to play in the SEC."
Tennessee's offer isn't Peters first offer, but definitely his biggest to date.
Did Peters think about pulling the trigger on the spot.
"No not really," Peters explained. "I have spoken to my head coach a lot about it and he wants me to focus on having a great senior season and we both feel more offers will come. Yes Tennessee is a big offer for me, but I want to keep all my options open right now."
Peters, who hasn't been on the Rocky Top campus to date, has already made plans to attend the Vols June 4th camp.
"It finally sunk in that Tennessee really had offered after I called Coach Peter Sirmon," Peters said. "He told me how much they needed me and he seems really cool and seems to know a lot about playing and coaching the position."
It also appears that Sirmon will be making a trip in the near future to Covington Louisiana.
"He is coming to one of my spring practices," Peters said. "He wants to see me in action in person."
Where does Tennessee currently stand with the standout defender?
"They are definitely one of my early favorites," Peters said. "I can't wait to get up there and check things out."
It appears that Tennessee Recruiting Coordinator Terry Joseph has a great relationship with Covington's Head Coach.
"Coach Joseph and my head coach are real close," Peters said. "They have know each other for a long time. I have heard great things about Coach Joseph and Coach Derek Dooley."