By LARRY VAUGHT
Remember what a big deal it was when four-star linebacker Xavier Peters decided to attend Kentucky when he left Florida State.
He had been a one-time UK commit before flipping before signing day to Florida State. However, when things didn’t work out, Peters decided to transfer after playing in just two games in 2018 and wanted closer to home in Cincinnati to be closer to his young son.
I can still remember UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow tell me that as a freshman Peters was more physically advance than Josh Allen, who was the consensus national defensive player of the year his senior season.
He needed a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible to play in 2019 and finally got it in week three. However, he still played in just three games and was never a real factor in any game and was left off the trip to Georgia midway of the season for disciplinary reasons.
That led head coach Mark Stoops to make this statement: “It’s our job to teach Xavier what our expectations are and how to handle your business here. He has a hard time getting to things on time and doing things we ask him to be. Until he gets that straightened out he won’t play.”
Now he won’t play at Kentucky at all. JuCo Football Forer reported Saturday that Peters was transferring to Garden City (Kansas) Community College, one of the nation’s top junior colleges. He could play there and still have two years of eligibility remaining if he transfers then to another Division I school.
He’s the ninth player to announce he was transferring since the 2019 season ended. He joins quarterbacks Walker Wood and Amani Gilmore, defensive back Stanley Garnet, kickoff specialist Grant McKinnis, defensvie linemen Cavon Butler and Davoan Hawkins, and linebackers Shawnkel Knight-Goff and Tra Wilkins. McKinnis was the only regular among the nine.