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BREAKING: Xavier Peters transfers from Kentucky

Xavier Peters is transferring from the Kentucky football program.

A UK spokeswoman confirmed with Kentucky Sports Radio this evening that the former four-star recruit, who transferred to Kentucky from Florida State last May, has decided to transfer.

According to a report by JUCO Football Ace, the pass-rusher will make a move to the junior college ranks, signing with Garden City Community College.

After being granted eligibility by the NCAA on Sept. 10, Peters saw action in three games this past year as a redshirt freshman, with his first action coming at South Carolina on Sept 28. He also played vs. Arkansas and at Vanderbilt, picking up his first tackle at UK against the Commodores.

Prior to his time at Kentucky, Peters saw action in two games in his freshman season at Florida State. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker made his collegiate debut in a 38-17 win vs. Wake Forest, recording one solo tackle and one pass breakup. He also saw late action vs. No. 2 Clemson.

A consensus four-star prospect out of high school, Peters was listed as the No. 5 overall prospect in Ohio and the No. 15 outside linebacker in the country by 247Sports. Over at Rivals, the now-former Wildcat was also ranked fifth in the state, sixth at his position, and 75th nationally.

The West Chester, OH native was named an Under Armour All-American as a senior out of Lakota West High School.

After a back-and-forth recruitment, along with numerous transfer rumblings during his time as a Seminole and as a Wildcat, Peters will look for a fresh start at Garden City before making a jump back to the Division I ranks in 2021.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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32 Comments for BREAKING: Xavier Peters transfers from Kentucky

  1. UK_fac_boi
    6:49 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe he’ll attend class finally.

  2. Jesus H. Chrysler
    7:25 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe he’ll show up for practice ready to play

  3. KyZoneBlitz
    7:32 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Anybody who is a true UK football fan unfortunately saw this coming. I guess he thought transferring to Kentucky would mean he would be handed a starting position, but j guess he learned we have more talent than he thought we did and that talent was also willing to out work him. Wish him the best of luck in the future, maybe he will eventually learn that talent doesnt matter if your not willing to work with it.

  4. JEUofK
    7:47 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    It’s no secret that it’s not about his work ethic or class attendance. It’s the fact that he’s a black conservative. It didn’t go over well with some of the other teammates. They basically forced his transfer because of his political views.

    • Ez21
      8:51 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Shut up

    • njcat
      9:55 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink


    • UKgrad80
      11:20 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Not sure who you are but your opinions are so idiotic!

    • thedudeguy
      3:13 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

      This wasn’t the reason and shows you know nothing about what goes on at campus or within the program.

    • bigbluebg
      8:00 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

      I’m not saying your wrong, cuz like no one posting on this forum knows sh!t…but it seems unlikely that this was the case considering Stoops comments about him needing to out work others to crack into the rotation during his time at UK.
      I hope he succeeds, if nothing else but to give his son a better life. Good luck to him in football and beyond.

      I feel like some Blue-Chippers that transfer seem to think it will come easy…maybe that’s why they transferred in the first place? I hope the others (Joey Gatewood and Bossman Fats) do not follow suit.

  5. zoupman
    8:43 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Dude never did anything while here. Didn’t see that changing, since all reports indicate he is lazy and irresponsible. Lighter version of Matt E.

    • foamfinger
      1:25 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      It could have been because FSU was such a mess that the culture shock of actually being held accountable was too much. If he came here straight out of high school, it might have ended up different if he saw veteran players setting good examples from day one and keeping each other accountable. Everything I’ve read about FSU the past few years was absolutely ridiculous, so it’s not too far of a stretch for me to think that a single year there would mess him up this much.

  6. bbn606
    8:56 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    The locker room immediately improved.

  7. JASUN74
    9:17 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    This guy has as much potential as anyone in the country, he also has a lot of stuff going on in his life that has caused him not to be able to focus on football. Maybe this will humble him as a player and let him see that hard work beats talent! Coach Stoops said he was late
    For a copy meetings and a bunch of our genius fans tried to act like they knew everything about him and wrote him off as being lazy and uninterested in playing football anymore. That’s just stupid to judge the young man for being late a couple times to some meetings without having any idea why he was late. For you all saying “ now he may start going to class”, or whatever else, you have no clue what he does or wants in his life. All you think you know is something you’ve read here or somewhere on the internet!!!!! Maybe he had a couple emergencies or maybe it’s something else, no matter what Mr Perfect, hes the one who has to live his life

    Anyway, I wish him the best and actually hope he gets everything sorted out and comes back to UK to finish his career. He has the opportunity to become the #1 Juco in the country if he’ll just put in the work. He definitely has the potential and talent to become and NFL player as well and one of the best defensive players in the country when he comes back to college! Wherever that may be. I for one really hope it’s UK. Some kids just take longer to get their life’s going in the right direction. Go Cats, and Good luck to you Xavier,

    • TonyMontana
      9:44 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      People tend to forget that these are still kids. They’ve got a lot of stuff going on in their lives and they have a tremendous amount of pressure on them. I try to give everybody the benefit of the doubt & I hope he makes it back to UK.

    • njcat
      9:58 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Yes they’re kids. But somehow the vast majority of them seem to show up on time. A lack of discipline by a few team members is a cancer. Glad he’s gone.

    • mashburnfan1
      9:59 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe some time at JUCO will turn on a light for him, you never know. He is talented and if he can get it together why not come back to UK after JUCO ball.

    • UKgrad80
      11:21 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Yes the team did not need his attitude and poor work ethic!

    • nocode96
      12:32 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink

      Boggles my mind how you’ll make any excuses you can for football mash, and then blast Cal and the b-ball team over anything at all. It’s a weird juxtaposition.

    • Teamhhc1
      11:10 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      I honestly hate to see him go. When he was being recruited out of high school I watched how talented he was. Broke my heart when he went to Florida State. I had high hopes when he transferred to the CATS. I wish him the best.

    • 4everUKBlue
      11:12 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah make excuses for him mashbum.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:31 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

      Sorry, but making excuses for his lack of dedication to his craft only enables his laziness. Please name one guy in his situation who has improved himself by transferring. I can’t think of a single one.

      And he supposedly transferred to UK because of his kid in Cincinnati, yet he’s going to Kansas. Good riddance.

  8. chardun20
    2:00 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    Sarcasm I hope.

    • chardun20
      2:02 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

      I was replying to JEUofK

  9. thedudeguy
    3:39 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    I was a student last year at UK while finishing up an advanced degree and working as a TA. It was no secret among students who were close to the program either due to personal relationships or work responsibilities that Xavier was a poor student. Early during the fall semester, several students found out that someone who was not enrolled at the university was doing his schoolwork for him, regularly logging in to his Canvas to complete assignments and quizzes on his behalf. He was barely attending class, let alone taking responsibility for his homework. Several students reported this to the compliance department and Xavier was apparently put on a supervised regimen where he had to have staff sit with him every day to do his assignments and any Canvas based quizzes or tests. During the fall semester, he barely was able to maintain the requisite grades required to remain eligible, and actually failed his guitar class. He had equally similar results during the spring semester as well and finished the year dangerously close to not being eligible grade-wise for next season. It’s going to be an uphill struggle at Garden City, but at least his GPA at that college will start over fresh since you can’t transfer your GPA from college to college, only the course credits you’ve earned. And before some smoothbrain says that isn’t how it works, it is, because I transferred to UK from another college for undergrad and my previous 4.0 was wiped out and I only kept the course credits. I had to start all over GPA wise. Regardless though, he’s going to have to put in a lot of work at JUCO and get a better classroom work ethic to succeed, but I suspect from his actions at UK that he is just looking for an easy way out and back in to D1.

    • ready4nineNOW
      4:02 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

      So I can go to college for 3.5 semesters and barely pass, finish at another school for a semester and whatever i finish there is the goa I graduate with.

    • Bluenblood
      12:39 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink

      Guitar???? Seriously???LOL

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:46 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink

      dudeguy, the GPA transfer policy you mentioned is not universal. I know because I work at a small school, and if you transfer in your GPA comes with you. Now, state schools in Kentucky may all have the policy you mentioned, and the JC he’s going to (and maybe all state schools in Kansas) might, but it is not universal.

  10. Miller45
    4:18 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    If nothing changes, nothing changes

  11. millertim
    8:48 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    Sad but true fact of life— you can be given all the greatest physical and athletic skills but if the head doesn’t work, nothing works… Really sad to see this gifted young man quit yet another team b/c of his own failures. FSU and UK were great opportunities for this young gifted man to learn and grow his craft and become an NFL pro…

  12. KentuckyBoy
    10:36 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    Some people want to be handed things, not understanding they have to earn them. Seems to be common nowadays. Bye Felicia.

  13. runningunnin.454
    10:36 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink

    “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit”.
    Vince Lombardi

  14. bbn606
    6:44 am June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops gets a lot of credit for developing players but before a player can be developed, he has to want to be developed.