ROSWELL, Ga. — Later this month, highly touted linebacker J.J. Peterson will be in Oregon for “The Opening” 7-on-7 tournament. Friday, he was trying to help Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County win the 2017 Corky Kell 7-on-7 tournament for the third consecutive year.
Peterson (6-2, 210) is a four-star recruit who is considered one of the top two outside linebackers in the nation as well as a national top-40 prospect overall. He has offers from, among others, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia.
“I just can’t limit my options,” Peterson said. “I don’t know how every place feels and what they’ve got there.”
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Peterson has connections with a lot of high-profile assistants.
Colquitt County coach Rush Propst had Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Georgia outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer on his staff at Hoover (Ala.) High. Alabama and Georgia are pursuing Peterson aggressively.
“He’ll just tell you straight up,” Peterson said of Pruitt. “He doesn’t lie to you.”
Peterson also likes what he’s hearing from coaches at two other SEC schools and one from the Pac-12.
“I’ve got a good relationship with Georgia and Coach Sherrer,” Peterson said. “I’ve got Auburn and Coach ‘T-Will’ (linebackers coach Travis Williams). Plus, Oregon and Woodie (Ducks outside linebacker coach Raymond Woodie).”
Peterson’s recruitment will be an intense one. One sign of how coveted he is? Pruitt and his DC counterpart at Auburn, Kevin Steele, attended Colquitt County’s spring game.
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