Tennessee has had Covington (LA) linebacker Otha Peters (6-1, 225) locked up since July, but a…
A Big Flip
That was no doubt the reaction from many fans on Tuesday when Covington (LA) middle linebacker Otha Peters (6-1, 223) changed his commitment from Tennessee to Arkansas.
Peters, a three-star prospect according to Scout.com, visited Arkansas last weekend and TCU in December but had been committed to Tennessee since July.
Covington head coach Malter Scobel said there was one big factor in the switch.
"I think the one thing it really came down to in he end was he wants to play for championships while he is in college," Scobel said. "He is all about winning. Right now, Arkansas is in much better position to do that e to do that than Tennessee. They are in position to challenge for a national championship and he wants to be a part of that."
Peters had 153 tackles, 8 sacks and 6 forced fumbles, as a senior and was named the outstanding linebacker of the Offense-Defense All-Star game.
Peters began to think Arkansas was the choice for him last Saturday night while on his visit.
"He sent me a text Saturday night around 8 p.m. and said 'Coach, I think this may be the place for me,"" Scobel said. "I told him just to enjoy the rest of the visit, get some sleep on Sunday, talk it over with your mom and we would talk about it Monday.
"So he came in Monday and we talked about it for about an hour," Scobel said. "He thought he had two really good choices and was worried about telling Tennessee no. I ask him this - 'what school would you go to if you had not committed earlier to Tennessee?'
"He said 'Arkansas'," Scobel continued. "I asked him if he was sure and he said he was. I told him well go home and talk it over with your mom again and will talk later. He called me at about 11 p.m. last night and said he wanted to go to Arkansas. I asked him if he was sure and he said yes."
That led to some Tuesday phone calls to both Tennessee and Arkansas.
"I told him that we were going to do this professionally no matter where he was going so he came in today to make calls to both schools," Scoble said. "I told him it was going to be tough and it was going to be like breaking up with your girlfriend. She will keep asking 'why, why, why?'
"He was on the phone for two hours with the Tennessee coaches, but he had made up his mind," Scobel said. "After that he called Arkansas and told them he was going to sign with them."
He was teammates at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl with a pair of Razorback commits – Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge cornerback Ray Buchanan, Jr. (5-11, 180) and Mobile (AL) Vigor defensive end Jamichael Winston (6-5, 240).
He is also friends with current Razorback Jerry Mitchell.
"He really enjoyed the coaches and the players up there and thought it was very real and a family," Scobel said. "But like I said earlier, it's mostly about how Arkansas is ready to win now."
Peters will fax his letter-of-intent on Wednesday morning and then there will be a ceremony with his teammates during a 1:30 p.m.
"Arkansas is getting a great player, but an even better person," Scobel said.
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