Last September, the Big Blue Nation erupted when outside linebacker and Florida State transfer Xavier Peters was granted an instant eligibility waiver. The move to Lexington has not gone as planned; however, as after only appearing in three games and making one tackle, Peters is on his way out of town, at least for the moment.

JuCo Football Forer and Justin Rowland of Rivals report Peters is transferring to Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas.

Peters was a four-star prospect out of high school from Ohio and originally committed to UK before opting to head to Florida State. He transferred to Kentucky after the 2018 season to be closer to his young son, who lives in Cincinnati.

While Peters is departing Lexington for now, Rowland reports an eventual return to Kentucky is possible. “I’m told that the issue for Xavier Peters is not so much football, Rowland wrote. “He’s got to get his academics straightened out. Because he was a full qualifier coming out of high school, he will not have to spend the standard amount of time at the JUCO level.

“If he takes care of business, then Kentucky would be open to bringing him back.”

Peters was initially held out of the lineup after head coach Mark Stoops openly criticized Peters for showing up late to team events.

“He has a hard time of getting to things on time,” Stoops told the media after Peters did not travel to Georgia for Kentucky’s October 19 matchup with the Bulldogs last season.


For now, Peters will head to the Midwest and eye an eventual return to Division I ball.

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