The saga is over, according to JJ Peterson’s high school coach Rush Propst. 247 Sports had the report first.
Tennessee’s highest ranked signee of 2018 has been cleared by the NCAA.
Peterson was forced to miss all of fall camp as he cleaned up some academic requirements. He took things to the wire, but was granted clearance by the NCAA Clearinghouse this afternoon. Peterson is expected to arrive in Knoxville on Sunday and report on Monday.
The 6-2, 231 pound linebacker was the 48th ranked prospect in the 2018 class, according to the 247 Sports Composite. He was the third ranked outside linebacker prospect and 7th overall player out of the state of Georgia.
Peterson was a massive get for Jeremy Pruitt, who managed to wrestle him away from his former boss Nick Saban and Alabama. Pruitt remained confident throughout this process that Peterson would eventually be cleared, which finally came to fruition today.
Tennessee has pretty good numbers and talent at the linebacker positions, so Peterson won’t be needed right off the bat. It’s going to be fascinating to see how he’s worked in and whether or not he can make an impact at all in 2018.
Remember — the NCAA’s new redshirt rule allows players to participate in up to four games without losing their redshirt status. That very well could be the route Tennessee takes here.