Xavier Peters hopes the NCAA will grant him immediate eligibility at Kentucky next season. The former Florida State linebacker will apply for a hardship waiver, explaining the need to be closer to his young son as his reason for transferring to Kentucky. Peters is from West Chester, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati.
He took to Twitter on Thursday to say, “I hope the @NCAAFootball respect my decision by coming home to take care of my son the right way. I needed to play closer to home so I can show him how much love him & how much I missed him. It’s a dream come true to be playing in front of my son.” (@XavierPeters22)
The tweet was a response to a story written by Larry Vaught, in which Vince Marrow is quoted as saying, “If I was at the NCAA and a guy really wants to be a father, especially speaking as an African-American man, I would like to see him get that opportunity. Obviously we would like to have him but mainly I would like to see him get it (the waiver) being a young African-American father who wants to be around his kid.”
Peters appeared in only two games as a true freshman in Florida State last season, which should help his case.