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Peters Switches Commitment From Tennessee To Arkansas

Linebacker Otha Peters from Covington (La.) High School has switched his commitment from Tennessee to Arkansas.

Peters made the decision after taking an official visit to Arkansas last weekend, according to Covington coach Malter Scobel. Peters had been committed to Tennessee since July.

Questions about stability and the future of head coach Derek Dooley at Tennessee worked against the Vols, Scobel told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

“Otha had some valid reasons to make his change,” Scobel said. “It wasn’t anything silly. Tennessee’s up against a different challenge than they are in Arkansas. Otha was very straightforward with Tennessee about the decision, and I think they still would like to have him.”

And Tennessee will continue to fight for Peters, who would be the third linebacker in the last month to decommit from the Vols. Dalton Santos recently switched to Texas and Khalid Henderson is considering Kentucky and Ole Miss after Tennessee recommended he look elsewhere in December.

The decision to tell Henderson to look elsewhere would look to be a mistake in hindsight. The Vols have offered a scholarship to Jacksonville, Fla., linebacker Kenneth Bynum, who is committed to Cincinnati.

Peters is the second linebacker to commit to Arkansas in the last week.

Vin Ascolese from North Bergen, N.J., committed to the Razorbacks during the weekend. A.J. Turner from Lepanto, Ark., has been committed to Arkansas since April.

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Linebacker Peters Expresses Confusion During Arkansas Visit

Tennessee linebacker commit Otha Peters decided to take one more official visit to Arkansas before signing day arrives on Wednesday.

The trip appears to have created more doubt in the mind of Peters, who less than two weeks ago stated he would stick with his commitment to Tennessee. He posted the following message on Facebook on Saturday night:

“In Arkansas having the time of my life.. Idk what to do now #confused”

Peters let it be known late last week that he would take his trip to Arkansas with an open mind.

“I want to look at the environment, the fans, and the players I will be around for the next four years if I choose to go to Arkansas,” Peters told HawgSports.com before his trip.

Expect the coaching staffs at both Tennessee and Arkansas to fight hard to land Peters’ signature on Wednesday.

Peters has been a valued member of Tennessee’s 2012 class since he gave his commitment to the Vols in July. Add that to the fact Tennessee doesn’t know the status of linebacker commit Dalton Santos, who is visiting Texas this weekend after receiving a scholarship offer from the Longhorns on Jan. 21.

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Vols Commit Peters Will Visit Arkansas

Tennessee commit Otha Peters plans to take an official visit to Arkansas this weekend.

The linebacker from Covington (La.) High School told Govols247 that Arkansas is the only school he’s considering other than Tennessee.

“I’m just trying to see how it is, really,” Peters told the website. “I’m pretty convinced with Tennessee, but I just want to go see a different place.”

Rumors began to spread last week that Peters was unhappy with the idea of playing in a 3-4 defense under new Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri. Peters quickly shot down that idea via twitter on Thursday.

“I love coach sal and I love the 3-4 so whoever is spreading rumors might as well stop I’mma vol for life!! #Tennessee”

Tennessee will hope Peters has the same opinion after his trip to Arkansas.

The Vols are also fighting to hold onto linebacker Dalton Santos from Van (Texas) High School. The nation’s top inside linebacker according to ESPN has been comitted to Tennessee since August but recently received a scholarship offer from Texas.

Santos will take an official visit to Athens this weekend.

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Santos Won’t Attend Arkansas, Will Visit Texas

Tennessee fans received good and bad news on Sunday with the recruitment of linebacker Dalton Santos from Van (Texas) High School.

The Tennessee commit took an official visit to Arkansas this weekend but left making a statement that he won’t sign with the Razorbacks, according to Volquest.com.

But Santos will visit Texas this weekend now that the Longhorns have offered Santos a scholarship. Santos’ father, Albert Santos, confirmed the decision to Hookem247.com.

Santos has also considered Georgia, Texas A&M and Texas Christian.

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