Xavier Peters’ time in Lexington has come to an end.
Peters, who was a redshirt freshman this past season, saw action in just three games while recording one tackle in the blowout win over Vanderbilt. The 6-4, 240-pound outside linebacker rarely saw the field in his first year in Lexington, partly due to him just getting used to the Wildcats’ defensive scheme after not being cleared to play by the NCAA until Sept. 10th. He also had a tardiness problem that led to him not traveling with the team when they played at Georgia.
A former four-star recruit in the Class of 2018, Peters originally committed to UK, decommitted, and ultimately signed with Florida State but transferred to UK after one season to be closer to his son in Cincinnati.
UK has a lot of depth at outside linebacker next season, but it still stings anytime you lose a former four-star recruit before he even begins to find his footing at the collegiate level. Hopefully, Peters can get his career back on track at the junior college level and find a new Division I home in the near future.