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NCAA finally makes Xavier Peters eligible to play

Xavier Peters (No. 5) finally has been declared eligible and has four years to play at UK. (UK Athletics Photo)


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky outside linebacker Xavier Peters has been granted immediate eligibility for the 2019 season after transferring into the program this summer, UK coach Mark Stoops announced on Tuesday.

Peters will have four seasons of eligibility remaining.

“We’re excited to have Xavier available to play this season,” Stoops said. “I appreciate the NCAA understanding Xavier’s situation. I also want to thank our compliance office for the great job they did with the appeal and for Xavier’s patience with the process.”

The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder from Middletown, Ohio redshirted the 2018 while at Florida State, appearing in two games but preserving his season of eligibility under NCAA rules. He recorded a solo tackle and pass breakup in a win over Wake Forest and also saw action against eventual national champion Clemson.

“I’m so excited,” Peters said “I was hoping this would happen because all of this has been for my son. He’s my life.

“I can’t wait to get out there with my team on Saturdays. I want to thank the NCAA and everyone at Kentucky who helped make this happen.”

Peters was a consensus four-star prospect in the class of 2018 and ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect in the talent-rich state of Ohio. He also was the No. 15 outside linebacker in the nation according to 247Sports and honored as an Under Armour All-American.

As a senior, Peters compiled 78 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He was named first-team All-Greater Miami Conference and second-team Southwest Ohio all-district.

Kentucky is 2-0 heading into this weekend’s highly-anticipated matchup with the Florida Gators in Kroger Field. The sold-out game will air at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, the only conference game in the prime time window.

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  1. It will take time for the coaches to work Peters into the depth chart and into a regular presence on the field during games. For sure, his availability strengthens the depth chart for the team, just as Terry Wilson’s loss weakens the depth chart. However, overall I think the character of this team will only be altered at the margins by the Wilson loss and the Peters addition.

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