The Ragin’ Cajuns landed a big-time player late Wednesday when former Arkansas linebacker Otha Peters decided to transfer to UL-Lafayette.
“I’M A RAGIN CAJUN,” Peters posted on Twitter.
Peters was a four-star recruit coming out of Covington High School. He chose Arkansas over offers from Tennessee and TCU, among others, and got off to a solid start there before an injury cut his season short last year.
Covington coach Greg Salter spoke with his former player Wednesday night and said Peters was sold on the Cajuns almost immediately.
“He said he was excited about the opportunity,” Salter said. “He went and visited today; he enjoyed meeting with the coaching staff. He stayed and watched some of the practice and got to meet a few of the guys and really felt comfortable.”
Peters will use 2014 as his redshirt year and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Peters’ Arkansas career got off to a promising start in 2012, when he started the final seven games of his true freshman season. But he battled injuries in his sophomore season, the Razorbacks’ first under coach Bret Bielema, and he lost his job to true freshman Brooks Ellis. Ellis remained atop the depth chart in preseason camp, with Peters battling others for the backup spot.
Salter declined to give a reason why Peters sought a transfer but did said it wasn’t for a negative reason. And now that he’s on his way to Lafayette, Salter is convinced the Cajuns got themselves a fine football player and a better teammate.
“He’s an athletic kid, a very aggressive kid with great instincts, and he knows the game of football,” Salter said. “He’s a football player. I think the best thing that they’ll find out is he’s a great teammate. He takes a lot of pride in the guys around him; he did that at Covington.”