Xavier Peters, a former four-star recruit in the class of 2018, recently announced his departure after one year at Florida State. He’s heading to Kentucky.
Lexington is significantly closer to his hometown of West Chester, Ohio, which is just outside Cincinnati. Peters has an infant son that he wants to be closer to.
Kentucky was a strong contender during his initial recruitment as well, and was committed to the Wildcats for a bit. He ultimately pledged for the Seminoles, but now is going back with the other school heavily involved in his recruitment.
Xavier Peters took to Twitter to express his hope that the NCAA will allow him to play right away.
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👨👦💙💯 https://t.co/uRo6oSfPrC
— 🐐Xavier Peters🙅🏾♂️ (@xavierpeters22) May 23, 2019
His tweet was in response to an interview with Kentucky coach Vince Marrow, in which he expressed hope that Peters would be granted a waiver.
“I still can’t see how some did get waivers, but 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,” Marrow said. “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.
“He ain’t seen his kid in a long time. His son’s birthday fell during the season and he said he would not see him even on birthdays until he was 4 or 5 years old if he was at Florida State and would not be able to celebrate that with him. He missed being part of that.
“This is something where you do the right thing for a young man who wants to be with his kid.”
Peters played sparingly for the struggling Seminoles in 2018, but he has a serious pedigree that can help Kentucky keep momentum moving forward after the Wildcats’ impressive season.
As a recruit, 247Sports ranked Peters as the No. 174 player in the 2018 class. He was slotted in at No. 12 among outside linebackers, and No. 6 in the state of Ohio.