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Breaking down a potential Xavier Peters transfer for Kentucky



This afternoon, KSR’s Matt Jones broke the news on the site that former four-star Kentucky commitment Xavier Peters will transfer from Florida State… and Lexington is a possible destination for the star pass rusher.

“KSR has learned that former 4 star Linebacker/Defensive End and ESPN Top 150 recruit Xavier Peters has put his name into the College Football transfer portal,” he said. “You may remember that Peters is from Ohio and picked Florida State over Kentucky last year. KSR has learned he is now seeking a transfer and Kentucky, along with two Big Ten schools, are his top choices.

“I suspect Kentucky has a VERY good chance of getting Peters, and for those of you who listen to KSR, he was my #2 transfer possibility I have been talking about for the past 2 weeks.”

So what would a potential Peters transfer to Kentucky mean for the program?

Let’s start with a profile breakdown:

Recruit/Player Bio

A consensus four-star prospect out of Lakota West (OH), Peters eventually chose Florida State over Kentucky, along with offers from Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Michigan State, among others.

The Under Armour All-American was considered the No. 5 overall prospect in Ohio and the No. 15 outside linebacker in the country by 247 Sports. Rivals listed Peters as the No. 5 player in the state and the No. 75 recruit overall, while ESPN had him listed No. 12 overall in Ohio.

As a senior in high school, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound pass rusher finished with 78 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was named a first-team All-Greater Miami Conference selection and second-team Southwest Ohio all-district selection.


July 4, 2017: Peters commits to Kentucky

The Wildcats got a 4th of July surprise from one of the most dominant pass rushers in the nation.

The Kentucky football Twitter account sent out a #Yahtzee message to celebrate the massive commitment:

Kentucky commitments even followed up with congratulatory tweets directed toward the newest Wildcat:

He followed it up by deleting the tweet and sending out the following…

December 15, 2017: Peters officially visits Kentucky

After months of will he/won’t he questions, the four-star Wildcat commitment officially visited Lexington, making fans at least a little more comfortable with keeping him on board.

December 20, 2017: Peters doesn’t sign with Kentucky

The Lakota West product was the lone Kentucky commit to not sign on the dotted line during the Early Signing Period…

January 10, 2018: Peters says he is “solid” with Kentucky

After dominating in the Under Armor All-American Game, Peters’ phone rang off the hook from elite programs about flipping his commitment to another powerhouse.

Nonetheless, the Wildcat commit told his high school coach that he was “solid” with Kentucky, but said he was going to wait until National Signing Day before making an official decision.

“I’m solid,” Peters told Lakota West head coach Larry Cox. “But before I walk down that aisle, I want to make sure it’s the right one.”

January 26, 2018: Peters officially visits Florida State

The Wildcat commit made the first of many steps in the wrong direction, officially visiting Florida State on January 26:

January 28, 2018: Peters flips from Kentucky to Florida State

After months of speculation, the four-star prospect made it official by decommitting from Kentucky and committing to Florida State

He would sign on the dotted line on February 7th to make it official.

August 10, 2018: Peters enrolls at Florida State, redshirts

Playing in just one game as a Seminole, Peters finished with one tackle and one pass deflection in a victory over Wake Forest.

December 26, 2018: Peters puts his name in the College Football transfer portal

Kentucky joins two other unknown Big Ten schools in his recruitment, but sources tell KSR that Lexington is likely the landing spot for the former four-star pass rusher. And it would be a big one.

Matt added a pretty clear prediction on his Periscope tonight:

“I really think Kentucky is going to get him,” he said.

Reading the Tea Leaves

Just going down his Twitter feed, Peters seems to be a big fan of the Wildcats…

Just looking at what Kentucky has done with dominant pass rushers throughout the Mark Stoops era, it would certainly be a solid decision on his part.

Team impact at Kentucky

The Wildcats just signed the most impressive group of front seven recruits since Mark Stoops has been in Lexington, and adding Peters to that would make it even more absurd.

They already have Jared Casey, J.J. Weaver, Shawnkel Knight-Goff, KD McDaniel, Cavon Butler, and Tra Wilkins signed on the dotted line for 2019. Guys like Boogie Watson, DeAndre Square, and Chris Oats have already looked like future stars in their short time at Kentucky. A group with such little depth a few years back could soon be one of the deepest and most talented units on the entire roster.

When Peters decommitted from Kentucky originally, signing four-star linebacker Chris Oats out of Cincinnati, OH was a must for the program. Now, there’s a chance both suit up in Blue and White next year.


Here are Peters’ impressive highlights from his senior season at Lakota West, where he racked up 78 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery:

Soon, he could be a Kentucky Wildcat.

Come on home, Mr. Peters.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

51 Comments for Breaking down a potential Xavier Peters transfer for Kentucky

  1. Smyrna_Cat
    6:54 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    Not to suggest that KSR has a tendency to JUMP THE GUN (see Williams, Jarren) … but aren’t you jumping the gun a bit?

    This seems a bit silly when we have several sports going full blast right now and are getting ready for a major bowl game. IF this happens, this article would be great at that time … if it doesn’t happen this was a complete waste of time. And IF this happens, KSR will probably repost this whole thing again.

    • ibescootch
      7:21 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Do you have any idea what journalism is?! The ENTIRE point of breaking a story is being the first person to put it out there. Matt and KSR haven’t said it was a done deal, and if you read their articles understanding that they’re simply putting info out for us to make our own decisions on, the site makes much more sense. And you won’t have to flip out anytime they break a story. I guarantee if we heard this info on ESPN, KSR would be ridiculed for losing their touch and not being connected.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      10:12 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Ibescootch. Sorry if someone ran over your dog. 🙁 This isn’t journalism. There is no “breaking story” here. Sorry. When it becomes “breaking news” then break it.

    • satcheluk
      5:47 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

      They broke the news by every definition. He announced his intention to transfer.

    • michaelb
      1:09 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

      I’m kinda feeling like that too Smyrna. In so tired of FB recruiting news that lets me down . We have experienced a lot of the harshest kind lately despite what other people might say . So I’m like okay great but not gonna read much into it till he takes the plunge. So yea shut up ksr. Imagine if they did this type coverage to every kid considering Kentucky … which they have

    • satcheluk
      5:50 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

      You don’t have to read. Sorry if you have rejection syndrome. Normal adults have the ability get their hopes up and deal with it when it doesn’t work out. It’s not so devastating that we can’t take it anymore. You might try counseling.

    • Trueblue44
      9:05 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

      No, we have experienced one single incident that didn’t go our way. Other than that, this staff is killing it on the recruiting scene.

    • JoeMoney333
      7:48 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

      satcheluk: Normal adults don’t try and make fun of strangers online.

  2. J. Did
    6:57 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink





    NOT signed, sealed, and delivered.

    Until then, all is speculative.


  3. Irish son
    7:07 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    Screw him. He played us once. Let him go to Cincinnati

    • ^^^Dumbest comment of the year, and that’s saying a lot.

      Xavier, not real UK fan agrees with Irish son. Come on down young man!

    • No real UK fan…

    • Irish son
      8:20 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      I bet you would take your wife back after she cheated lol

    • Jesus H. Chrysler
      11:06 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Is she hot?

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      8:42 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      If she’d help win him a championships why not. If he didn’t take your mom back you might be a welsh son.

    • StillBP
      8:46 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Equating a kid playing football to a cheating wife…um…weird

    • ClutchCargo
      9:43 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Irish son seems weirdly vindictive about a teenager who simply chose to sign with a different school out of high school. Who equates that to a cheating wife?

    • henderblue
      11:21 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Thetruthshall with the comment of the day. “If he didn’t take your mom back…” Golden! Irish son an obvious troll and hater. Who in their right mind wouldn’t want this kid?

    • satcheluk
      5:50 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

      UL fan? Lol Go away.

    • Irish son
      10:12 pm December 27, 2018 Permalink

      He said tonight he was staying! You people are morons. Like I said, screw this kid

  4. AirForceOne
    7:12 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    Look at his Twitter page. He has been posting a lot of Kentucky stuff there recently. Me thinks he sees how Josh Aalen has developed into a superstar, and wants that same path.

    • Luether
      9:35 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Me thinks he’s an immature, selfish, disloyal, opportunist who says one thing and then does another…

    • Blue Bill
      9:56 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Loser, I mean Luether, you’re an idiot.

    • N-UR-i
      10:22 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Luether is our resident moron and jealous rival fan. Ignore all his posts.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:58 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

      Luether while I hate to see you comment I’m glad to see your sister/mom, what ever you call her, finally let you out of the cage for some fresh air.

    • monteverdi
      8:18 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

      Of course he was immature. He was 18 and had a chance to play for one of college football’s marquee names. Sometimes when you get to the other side, the grass isn’t as green as it appeared.

  5. bwise
    7:14 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    Going for 0-2? Lolol

  6. Gus Chiggins
    7:15 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    If this happens we had a hell of a defensive recruiting year, but we need stars on offense. We’ve yet to break the seal and sign that star on the offensive side. Not a lot of offensive prospects are signing up for Grans offense.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      9:11 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Tisdale, Crumes, Gilmore, and Ognenovic can be a nice combo if the reach their potential. Right now Tisdale and crumes fill a hole but it would be nice if Gilmore could phone a friend.

    • Wade
      11:27 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Lee is out there still….

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      9:11 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      I forgot about Richardson but I believe he’s waiting on Lee.

    • notFromhere
      4:27 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

      Richardson “waiting on Lee”…

      Not if he wants to play this fall. He needs to be here in the spring to get time with the QB.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      7:10 pm December 27, 2018 Permalink

      Richardson didn’t sign, the only reason this makes since is if he is slighty committed which I’m not worried about or he is worried Lee will show up and get the majority of the non Bowden catches.

  7. AirForceOne
    7:16 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe he sees all the Kentucky LInebackers and Ends going to the NFL and wants to be the next. Kentucky gets them ready better than anyone.

  8. Duuuuuude
    7:22 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    On the D, we really could use some stud D-Backs. The line is good!

    On the O, we have great RB’s and line. Hope we can develop a good passing game to help open the run.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      9:18 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Douglass is a stud and can be Edwards 2.0, the JUCO Mosley was highly recruited and should be a good prototype Stoops CB, and Dobson has SEC size, speed, and athleticism. Plus we return some productive backups.

  9. ky1988
    7:25 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    Where he only played one game does that mean he could play next season.

    • I don’t think so. I think he would still have to sit for a year since this isn’t a JC transfer like Terry.

    • beskag2
      8:27 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Didn’t they change the transfer rule recently to where you can play up to 4 games and still be eligible to transfer and play immediately? Or maybe that just pertains to redshirting, can’t remember.

    • satcheluk
      5:53 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

      True, minus the play immediately part. Still have to sit a year.

  10. Grazilla
    8:18 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    Linebackers at UK make money in the NFL. Plain and simple. Come and eat in the SEC my dude.

  11. zoupman
    8:42 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    I have a question. If he is so great, why wasn’t he able to get snaps on a bad FSU team?

    • abobicesaevior
      8:54 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe not getting the correct players on the field was one of the reasons they were terrible.

    • satcheluk
      5:54 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

      Freshman don’t typically play at FSU except special teams and only the top freshman get on for special teams.

    • Logic_Prevails
      7:41 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

      They also signed (4) four other OLBs like him in the same class and a few more this year. If they had upperclassmen it would be easy to get lost in the shuffle.

  12. davis2319
    9:21 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    Makes you wonder how many more recruits who had a chance to come here are thinking “I made the biggest mistake of my life” after watching our success this past season. Vince Marrow wasn’t kidding when he said there are kids that are thinking that.

  13. kydrummer
    9:26 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    Come on home big fella!

  14. clarks
    9:46 pm December 26, 2018 Permalink

    He knows he made a mistake just like jarren Williams who I still think may still transfer if he doesn’t win the job in spring ball at the U

  15. notFromhere
    4:31 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

    If he’s willing to work hard and be a high character guy for UK, no way you don’t take him if he wants to come. He has to legitimately earn his time, just as everyone else has.

  16. Chacosrule
    10:02 am December 27, 2018 Permalink

    Pffffft hahaha! Strike 2. Breaking news! He maybe might be thinking about transferring here. Aaaaaannnnd…Nope.

  17. Irish son
    10:13 pm December 27, 2018 Permalink

    HAHAHAHA I tried to tell y’all! Screw this kid!