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Jeremy Pruitt updates the JJ Peterson situation

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Pruitt is still confident.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest storylines of Tennessee fall camp has been the absence of four-star 2018 commit JJ Peterson. The four-star linebacker has yet to arrive in Knoxville as he continues to work on finishing his academic requirements.

Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt told us when he knew about the situation on Saturday.

“He’s finishing up a class,” Pruitt said. “When he gets the class finished up, he’ll be here. Would we have liked it to have been last week? Absolutely, but that’s part of it. You’ve got to do it, and he’s working hard to do that.”

Pruitt remains confident that Peterson will officially be a Volunteer soon, but with fall classes beginning this Wednesday, it’s fair to wonder if Peterson will be able to join the team.

Peterson was the 48th overall player in the 2018 class, according to 247 Sports. He was Tennessee’s highest rated commit of last year’s cycle.

Tennessee has good numbers and talent at the linebacker position, but losing an elite talent like Peterson would be a big blow to Pruitt’s future defensive foundation.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE

Classes began on Wednesday, with JJ Peterson. Pruitt remained optimistic, however.

“It’s the same deal,” Pruitt said after Wednesday’s practice. “That’s the good thing about any student-athlete. Once they finish up their requirements and pass the NCAA clearinghouse, as long as it’s not a deadline past entering school, they can start school. We’re still expecting him to be here.”