Dooley adds another

Dooley adds another

Derek Dooley and the Tennessee staff have snagged their newest commitment. Read as InsideTennessee.com brings you up to speed on all things Tennessee recruiting.

The commitments the Tennessee coaching staff is taking on the defensive side of the ball continue to give the Class of 2012 a face of its own.

Out of the seven pledges received thus far, three of them have come from the linebacker position, with the latest being Otha Peters, an outside linebacker out of Covington High School in Covington, La.

The 6-foot-1 1/2, 210-pounder talked about how much love the staff has shown him in the recruiting process and the importance of Tennessee being his "first big offer."

"That played a big part because there was no second guessing on whether they should offer or not," Peters told InsideTennessee.com. "They jumped in line quick.

"Other than that, they call and check up on me or I just call them. I have a great relationship with all the coaches."

While his main relationship is with linebackers coach Peter Sirmon, Peters said he's stayed in touch with defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph as well.

Scout.com ranks him as the No. 67 outside linebacker in the country and a three-star prospect.

"I like to run sideline to sideline and show some athleticism out there," Peters said.

He chose the Vols' offer over those from Nebraska and Mississippi State.

Another reason why Bayou 'Backer made the call to UT is because of the depth at his position and the potential vacancies. Austin Johnson, Daryl Vereen and Shane Reveiz are all seniors with Herman Lathers, Nigel Mitchell-Thornton and Greg King being juniors.

"They told me they need a lot of linebackers. They'll have a lot of openings next year," Peters said.

If all the commitments thus far sign their letters of intent, Peters will walk onto campus with Justin King (Dunwoody, Ga.) and Khalid Henderson (Mableton, Ga.) playing the same spot or beside him. He admitted that getting to know those players can help build chemistry.

"It's very important to get to know them and build a relationship on and off the field," Peter said.

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