Before Tennessee offered outside linebacker Otha Peters of Covington (La.) this spring, he was a little-known prospect. Now, he boasts 14 offers, including several from big-time programs.
To say the least, Peters is grateful to the Volunteers for getting things kick-started.
"Tennessee was the first big school to offer me," he said.
The question now is this: Will Peters thank the Vols by picking them?
Right now, Tennessee is his leader, though Peters said a handful of other programs "are right there" behind it.
"Tennessee showed me they liked me right off the bat," Peters said. "I just like the coaches a lot. I have a real good relationship with them … with Coach [Terry] Joseph, Coach [Justin] Wilcox and especially Coach [Peter] Sirmon, the linebackers coach. I like the way they talk to you. They're always checking up on you to see how you're doing."
Peters visited Knoxville in June.
"I liked the stadium, the people, the players," Peters said. "I just liked everybody. Tennessee football is a big deal in Tennessee. It means a lot to people there."
What's next for the 6-foot-1, 221-pound Peters?
"I think I'm going to Alabama for a camp July 17, then I might go to Texas A&M on July 23," Peters said. "I think that's about it. Alabama hasn't offered. I'm really going there to compete and see other players."
According to Peters, a decision isn't likely until after the season. Right now, he's lining up his official visits.
"I think I'm taking one to Nebraska, Texas A&M and Tennessee," Peters said. "The other two I'm not sure about yet."