Coach Stringer said this was going to be a big one, and he wasn't wrong. Wednesday afternoon, the Cajuns added yet another SEC transfer on defense.
I'M A RAGIN CAJUN— Otha Peters Jr (@otha_peters) August 13, 2014
Peters started seven games at middle linebacker for the Razorbacks under John L. Smith in 2012. Last year, in part due to a broken arm suffered during the spring, Peters was supplanted by freshman Brooks Ellis.
Though NCAA transfer rules require a player to sit out a season before being eligible, The Daily Advertiser's Tim Buckley is reporting the school is seeking a waiver for Peters to play immediately. It is unlikely that he will be granted a waiver considering he played in five games last year, but stranger things have happened.
Peters took a visit to UL after announcing his intentions to leave Fayetteville, and was immediately impressed by what he saw. Once enrolled, he will enter as one of the highest rated recruits on the Cajun roster, having garnered a 4-star rating coming out of high school.
If allowed to play in 2014, Peters will fill an immediate need at middle linebacker, one of the only Ragin' Cajun positions without a returning starter. In the more likely event that he is forced to sit out a year, Peters will then have two years of eligibility left to compete.