The Volunteers just got their quarterback for the Class of 2012 in the fold in Nathan Peterman, who pledged to Tennessee on Wednesday morning.
"Really just everything seemed to be a sign that I should commit," Peterman said Wednesday morning. "Everything seemed to be a great fit for me with their style of offense, the coaches and all their experience, the challenge of the SEC, their facilities, the feel of campus, just everything pointed me in the right direction."
Peterman is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound signal caller out of St. Johns, Fla. He led Bartram Trail High School to a 7-4 finish last season with a first-round Class 3A FHSAA playoff 16-15 loss to St. Augustine.
He finished the regular season with 2,016 yards passing with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. That type of accuracy was a big time draw for Derek Dooley and the Tennessee staff.
"I think they liked my accuracy and my consistency. The watched my spring game and have been following me and really studied me. I think they were happy with what they saw."
Prior to camp with Tennessee Peterman dealt with Tennessee quarterback's guru Darin Hinshaw.
"Coach Hinshaw mainly, I developed a good relationship with him. My interaction with him was great. I got to talk with him, talk about his coaching style and learn about the kind of guy he is. His personality is great."
Another luring factor for the Fruit Cove, Florida native is offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.
"Coach Chaney the offensive coordinator, who I spent a lot of time with, he really knows what he is doing and has so much experience. I like that aspect of him," said Peterman, who carries a 3.75 core GPA and scored a 25 on his ACT.
Heading into his senior season Peterman and the Bartram Bears have one goal in mind – a State Title.
"We have big expectations. We have a lot of kids returning and we are expecting big things and a state championship. That is our main goal, so we are going to work hard to try and get there."
Peterman may have chosen where he will play his college football, but he won't stop working to improve his game every day.
"I never spot trying to improve. I never stop working on whatever it is, whether it is being more accurate, making better decisions and getting faster all the time, whatever I can improve to make this season more successful."
Another added bonus, Derek Dooley and his offensive staff won't have to wait to get Peterman on campus.
"Early enrollment is something I am very interested in and looks like what I am going to be doing."