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FSU defensive end Xavier Peters is transferring

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The Seminoles have limited options for 2019

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As first reported by Noles247, defensive end Xavier Peters will not return to Tallahassee and is transferring from Florida State to be closer to his son.

The Ohio native told Steve Wiltfong of 247sports, “I knew I wanted to be closer to home. This is a family move. I told Coach Taggart this had nothing to do with his program or Florida State. This is all because of family issues.” The redshirt freshman elaborated stating that “Talking to his son on FaceTime every day was not what he wanted. He says he will look at schools in the Big Ten and SEC moving forward.”

The former four-star recruit originally flipped his commitment from Kentucky to Florida State in January 2018 and the Wildcats could potentially be a nice landing spot for Peters.

As a true freshman, he appeared in two games last season making his collegiate debut in the Seminoles’ victory over the Demon Decons. He recorded one solo tackle and one pass breakup. He played briefly in the game against Clemson as well, ultimately redshirting for the 2018 season.

In December, 2018, Peters tested the NCAA transfer portal waters for the first time, but eventually took to twitter to reaffirm his commitment to Florida State. In the spring 2019, Peters was suspended for a brief time for a violation of team rules.

Coming into Florida State, the Under Armour All-American was a consensus four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect out of the Buckeye State and the No. 15 outside linebacker in the country by 247 Sports. In his senior year, he compiled 78 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and recovered one fumble.

Florida State is already looking for a replacement for first-round draft pick Brian Burns and the options are even more limited now. The Seminoles will return six scholarship defensive ends (junior Joshua Kaindoh, redshirt junior Janarius Robinson, junior former LB Leonard Warner, Jr, redshirt freshman Dennis Briggs, redshirt senior former LB Adonis Thomas and redshirt senior former LB Josh Brown) adding three more freshman defensive ends into the mix (Derrick McLendon, Curtis Fann and QuaShon Fuller) this summer.

Upon hearing the news, current and vocal 2020 DE commit Josh Griffis took to Twitter to reassure Florida State fans that support is on the way: