The roster churn continues in Knoxville tonight, as the Volunteers have lost another one to the transfer portal. Former four-star linebacker J.J. Peterson is reportedly in the portal after never really finding his footing in Knoxville.
Have learned that Tennessee linebacker J.J. Peterson has entered the transfer portal. Former top recruit.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 26, 2021
Peterson was a big get for Jeremy Pruitt — one of his first wins over his old boss Nick Saban on the recruiting trail. Peterson was a top 50 overall recruit in the class of 2018, and was expected to make an immediate impact for Pruitt at Tennessee. However, a struggle with grades delayed Peterson’s arrival, ultimately tanking his first season with the Vols — and it never recovered.
Henry To’o To’o, Jeremy Banks, Quavaris Crouch and others all beat out Peterson on the depth chart, as the Colquitt County product was never really a player for a starting gig.
Tennessee’s roster is gutted at this point. The Volunteers have seen a number of transfers since the end of the season, including Crouch, To’o To’o, Key Lawrence, Wanya Morris and Eric Gray. Whoever takes this job will have a massive rebuild ahead, and will have to attack the transfer portal to address depth issues.