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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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Tennessee Adds Two More Commitments To Class of 2012

Tennessee received commitments on Thursday from linebacker Otha Peters and defensive end LaTroy Lewis.

Peters, who attends Covington (La.) High School, chose UT over offers from Mississippi State, Nebraska and Texas A&M.

“I’ve pretty much been liking Tennessee since they offered me or whatever, but I just didn’t know about the distance and how my mom would be all right with that,” Peters told GVX247.com. “But I talked to her about it (Wednesday) night and she said she’s OK with it. I just wanted to commit to Tennessee. I didn’t want to drag it out anymore.”

Lewis’ commitment gave UT six for the week and eight for the class of 2012. He picked the Vols over Notre Dame, which hadn’t yet offered him a scholarship. Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa had offered Lewis.

“I loved Tennessee a lot when I went (for a visit),” Lewis told GVX247. “The people there are great and the facilities are great. The history is great. Their school is great.”

There had been growing concern about UT’s class as the Vols entered the week with only two commitments. As coach Derek Dooley said Thursday at SEC Media Days, patience has been a key to the Vols’ recruiting efforts.

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