Kentucky football was hit with devastating news last weekend. Starting QB Terry Wilson is out for the season with a torn patellar tendon.
Thankfully, that news was quickly diluted by Xavier Peters being deemed immediately eligible by the NCAA. The 6’4 OLB took to Twitter with the news.
In high school, Peters originally committed to Kentucky before changing his mind to enroll in Florida State. He redshirted with the Seminoles last season, playing in two games. This means that he is eligible to play four seasons for Kentucky.
“We’re excited to have Xavier available to play this season,” head coach Mark Stoops said. “I appreciate the NCAA understanding Xavier’s situation. I also want to thank our compliance office for the great job they did with the appeal and for Xavier’s patience with the process.”
Peters’ shares his new coach’s feelings, saying, “I’m so excited. I was hoping this would happen because all of this has been for my son. He’s my life.”
His son lives in Ohio, which is why Peters decided to transfer.
While Peters likely will not be an immediate star for the Wildcats, the defense could use anyone they can get their hands on after losing Josh Allen. That is not to say that down the road Big Blue Nation shouldn’t expect something special from him.
Peters played football at Lakota West in Ohio where he was a 4-star recruit and the nation’s No. 12 OLB per 257Sports Composite. The linebacker was named to the Under Armor All-America Game his senior year. Under coach Deion Sanders, Peters shined in the game for Team Highlight. Under Armor Tweeted the below video of Peters during the game.
If a single play wasn’t enough for you, Peters’ full senior year highlights can be found here:
Wildcats fans can expect to see their newest player on Sat. 9/14 when the Cats host the Florida Gators.