Tennessee will open preseason camp on Friday afternoon with 109 players on the roster.

The wait for No. 110 will go on a little bit longer.

The only player from Tennessee's 2018 signing class yet to make it to campus is four-star linebacker JJ Peterson, who is continuing to complete some academic work before officially enrolling and joining the Vols.

First-year Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt, as he did at SEC Media Days in July, expressed confidence that Peterson's arrival is imminent during his preseason press conference on Thursday.

"He'll be here as soon as he can get (his work) done," Pruitt said.

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Rush Propst, Peterson's coach at Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Ga., laid out a timeline for Peterson's arrival to GoVols247 on Wednesday and said he didn't expect the linebacker to be on campus by Friday when the Vols start camp.

The top-100 recruit previously missed three target dates to head to Tennessee in order to finish up some academic coursework he needed to raise his core grade-point average.

Peterson was unable to join the rest of the 2018 signing class in heading to Knoxville at the end of May and missed prior deadline dates to enroll before the start of the first session of summer classes in June and the second session in July, and though Tennessee was forced to play the waiting game longer than expected, the Vols remained confident the top prospect in the incoming freshman class would be on campus in time to start practice.

"JJ's not the only kid in the country that's not where they need to be right now, but it's just a tedious process and all that kind of stuff," Propst said. "I don't know when to expect him. I just know as of today and tomorrow, that he's still working in the classroom."

Propst told GoVols247 earlier this summer that Peterson is eager to get his Tennessee career started.

"I think he's very hungry to get to Tennessee," he said. "He's excited about being there. He's excited about playing for Coach Pruitt and Coach Sherrer. He's known those guys for several years. Coach Sherrer recruited him when he was at Georgia, and Coach Pruitt recruited him for several years. He has a good feel about that part of it, being around those guys and the other staff at Tennessee.

"He's coming. It's just whenever he gets there. The good thing is he working out and he'll be working with us. He'll go and he come with us some working out-wise. Obviously he's not learning the defense, but he'll get caught up."