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Kentucky Football Recruiting

Former 4-Star Xavier Peters is Transferring to Kentucky

May 15, 2019

Xavier Peters, the 75th-ranked player in the 2018 class, announced he was transferring from Florida State on Monday. For those who pay attention to football recruiting, the name Xavier Peters probably stings a little bit. He was set to be a crown jewel in the 2018 class for Kentucky before deciding to make Tallahassee his home. That recruitment is coming back around as Peters announced today on Twitter that he was transferring to Kentucky.

Peters, an Ohio native, played in two games for FSU last year, so he retained his redshirt. Barring a surprise waiver by the NCAA, he will have to sit out the 2019-2020 season but will have three seasons to play for Kentucky. Peters has a son who lives in Ohio, so moving closer to him is a big reason for the transfer. 

He is still somewhat raw as a player but has all the physical tools to be a force on the defensive side of the ball. While he needs to refine his skill, his effort is unquestionable. In high school and at FSU, Peters is praised for how hard he plays and how athletically gifted he is. Couple that with this staff's pedigree for player development and Peters could grow into a star before our eyes.

In his two games at FSU he registered a tackle and a pass break up against Wake Forest and also got snaps against Clemson. Peters is listed at 6'4" and weighs in at 232 pounds and was an OLB out of high school. However, as he bulks up, he should transition to more of an EDGE, potentially playing defensive end for Kentucky. Whether he plays on the line or standing up, Peters will add another talented athlete to the promising future of Kentucky's pass rush moving forward.

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