Xavier Peters transferring from Florida State

Former four-star defensive end prospect and highly regarded member of head coach Willie Taggart‘s first recruiting class at Florida State, Xavier Peters, will be transferring from the program according to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong. This is a big blow to the Seminoles’ defensive end room but you have to show respect for Peters’ reasoning.

The Ohio native reportedly wants to head back home so he won’t miss his one-year-old son growing up.

“I just want to be home to support him,” Peters said according to 247Sports. “If I was thinking just about me I’d stay at Florida State.”

Peters was ranked as the No. 174 overall prospect and the No. 12 outside linebacker in the 2018 class by the 247Sports Composite rankings. That also included a No. 6 overall ranking in the state of Ohio. He recorded 78 tackles and six sacks as a senior and participated at The Opening Finals prior to the season. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound prospect would end up choosing the ‘Noles over Kentucky, where he had previously committed.

At Florida State, Peters played in just two games as a true freshman while the coaches redshirted him due to the new rules of a player having to appear in more than four games to lose their redshirt distinction. He registered one tackle and a pass breakup.

The former Lakota West star entered the Transfer Portal back in December but quickly removed his name. He also was suspended shortly after spring break for a violation of team rules and subsequently didn’t play in FSU’s 2019 spring game. Now, we might have an inkling into the reason of why those things happened.

Peters is the first member of #Tribe19 to transfer from the university.

NoleGameday wishes Peters the best in the next step of his career, wherever that may be. All of us on staff have deep admirations for the defensive end’s reasonings for leaving Tallahassee.

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