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Linebacker Xavier Peters ninth Cat to decide to transfer

Xavier Peters made just one tackle in three games last year at Kentucky. (Vicky Graff Photo)

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.

2 comments

  1. Good! It sounds like he is an individualist, and not interested in doing what is required by this coaching staff. He turned his back on UK originally and signed with FSU. That choice didn’t work out, so he transfers to UK. Unhappy again now for having to buckle down and be a team player, and is now leaving UK for what he thinks will be greener pastures. Hope he gets it together. UK is better off without his distractions.

  2. While we can never know all the facts that go into an athlete’s decision to leave, we can however hope that he does not squander his God given talents.

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