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Florida State defensive end Xavier Peters will transfer



After countless rumors, a handful of back-and-forths, and endless speculation over the last several months, we’ve finally found our answer when it comes to former four-star prospect and current Florida State defensive end Xavier Peters.

The former Kentucky commitment is no longer a Seminole and will be transferring from the school.

In an interview with Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports, Peters said that he has put his name in the transfer portal – and keeping it there – so he can move closer to home to be with his one-year old son.

“I just want to be home to support him,” Peters said. “If I was thinking just about me I’d stay at Florida State.”

Peters, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound freshman out of West Chester, Ohio, played in two games as a Seminole last fall, registering one tackle and one pass breakup.

After putting his name in the portal back in December, Peters says his current family situation is forcing him to finally make this official.

“I had a lot to think about,” Peters said. “I knew I wanted to be closer to home. This is a family move. I told Coach Taggart this had nothing to do with his program or Florida State. This is all because of family issues.”

Back on December 26, KSR’s Matt Jones broke the news that Peters was entering his name in the transfer portal initially, and that Kentucky was one of his top choices.

“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,” Jones 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.”

At the time, I wrote a post breaking down what Peters’ transfer would mean to the Kentucky football program, which you can find below:

Breaking down a potential Xavier Peters transfer for Kentucky

Now, Peters says, per Wiltfong, that he will be focusing on schools in the SEC and Big Ten when it comes to his transfer decision moving forward.

Is it finally time for Peters to head home to Lexington?

(247 Sports)


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 Comments for Florida State defensive end Xavier Peters will transfer

  1. Cole28
    4:46 pm May 13, 2019 Permalink

    The kid is a tremendous talent, I am sure. But, the edge position is pretty stacked already. Not sure it would be the right fit for him or the team.

    • ClutchCargo
      5:02 pm May 13, 2019 Permalink

      That first sentence is all you need to know. That position is indeed stacked, but I say just stack them higher.

  2. notFromhere
    5:18 pm May 13, 2019 Permalink

    It isnt stacked if we want to maintain or improve our record going forward. Injuries happen and playing time is earned, but they will need to have a strong rotation up to 3 deep on that DLine. Peters can play more than just outside, too.

    Getting time and coaching at more than one position will help his draft potential.

    Im just sorry he’s having the difficulty he is. Cant imagine being away from a child of mine and being coaxed into continuing in that position. I wish him the best but hope he comes here.

    • notFromhere
      5:20 pm May 13, 2019 Permalink

      I wish him the best… either way… but hope he comes to UK. It’s the best choice, imo.

  3. Smyrna_Cat
    6:46 pm May 13, 2019 Permalink

    “At the time, I wrote a post breaking down what Peters’ transfer would mean to the Kentucky football program, which you can find below:”

    Would be nice if he came here. But for the most part these “what if” posts just fill space. Blind pigs and truffles, you know.

  4. Smyrna_Cat
    6:48 pm May 13, 2019 Permalink

    Home is “West Chester, Ohio” … wouldn’t it make more sense to go to Ohio State? Or is that not at option?

    I would think transfering may have a lot to do with lack of playing time last year.

    • UoKFB PHAN
      7:13 pm May 13, 2019 Permalink

      I had the same question Smyrna, but according to the 247Sports site they didn’t offer him. Maybe they felt they were loaded at the position and need to fill other spots.

    • mashburnfan1
      11:52 pm May 13, 2019 Permalink

      Actually Pitt and WVU would probably be closer but yes OSU is a lot closer than UK. Unless that area is near Cincy then it is equal between UK and OSU. I think that is more East Central Ohio though which is why I said Pitt.

    • UK Fan In Nashville
      9:42 am May 14, 2019 Permalink

      mashburnfan1, Westchester, OH is 1 hr 47min from Lexington, KY. It is 5 hrs and 15 minutes from Morgantown, WV and 4 hrs 28 minutes from Pittsburgh, PA. Also, Columbus is 1 hr 34 minutes away. So logically Kentucky is probably his best choice if OSU doesn’t offer, or if he feels they are too stacked at his position.

    • Skooms
      7:12 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

      Wow Mash, you should really check out Google maps. Your geography knowledge must be on par with your basketball knowledge.

    7:11 pm May 13, 2019 Permalink

    Just some thoughts; after reviewing his recruiting profile on 247Sports, the only SEC team close is UK (less than a 2 hour drive) as for the big10 schools the only two according to 247 that offered him are Michigan St (4 1/2 hour drive) and Penn State (6 1/2 hour drive) so that would definitely put the Cats in the driver seat. Lexington is probably a better fit community wise than Michigan State (East Lansing, MI). To me it looks like UK is a better fit for him not to mention all the Ohio guys on the team.

    From a UK perspective, given his size, does he have the speed to play outside linebacker like Josh Allen? If not, I’m with notFromhere… we might be stacked at defensive end right now but with graduation and an injury here and a dismissal there and suddenly were not stacked. The roster on the UK Athletics site lists 5 DEs with 2 of those being seniors this year (there is also another lineman listed as a senior and one as a junior) and then you have to factor in Josh Paschal… if he continues to develop will he leave a year early for the NFL (yes I know, way to early speculation on JP). All said, if he really is as good as advertised then I think he would be a good fit for the team. That is just my take… where ever he ends up I think he is showing maturity by making the move.

    7:21 pm May 13, 2019 Permalink

    Add Indiana (2 1/2 hours), Iowa State and Minnesota to the big10 schools.

  7. Luether
    7:40 pm May 13, 2019 Permalink

    My sources say that Peters is trouble and no big loss if he doesn’t come to Ky…

  8. makeitstop
    5:30 am May 14, 2019 Permalink

    Where is his family? The site lists him as being from Middleton, OH which is like 5 hours from Lexington and closer to State College and Columbus… but he played at West Chester, which is way closer to OSU but also closer to UK by an hour or so. I didn’t check Pitt and WVU bc he says SEC and Big Ten. If it’s SEC u hv to like our chances but it would seem to be swayed by proximity to family not where he played in HS, so Jack, Amy idea where son and grandma are?

    • makeitstop
      5:30 am May 14, 2019 Permalink

      That’s “Any idea?”

    • sammysunshine
      6:53 pm May 15, 2019 Permalink

      Middletown is 15-20 mins north of West Chester.

      West Chester is essentially a northern suburb of Cincinnati.

    7:07 pm May 14, 2019 Permalink

    Mash, I had some trouble with the location. I finally put his high school, Lakota West, in a google map and it showed the high school being in West Chester just north of Cincinnati near I-75 & 275. That’s what I based my mileage projections off of. There is a Westerville OH which is just north of Columbus.