Following the upcoming 2017 season, Pat Narduzzi and Pitt will need to find a middle linebacker to replace senior Quintin Wirginis. Yesterday, they offered a player that has the skill set to do that.
Lakota West (Ohio) middle linebacker Xavier Peters got a call from Pitt assistant John Peterson informing him that he had earned a scholarship from Pitt. Peters also found out that Peterson is an alum of his former high school Middletown (Ohio). Peters will play his senior season at Lakota West.
“To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting this offer but Coach Peterson told me I can tell you’re a good kid, that I was on top of my game and that we’d love to have you at Pitt,” said Peters.
“I’m from Middletown, were not a school that normally gets a lot of attention so I was surprised with that offer and all the offers I’ve received to the point. I’m just thankful.”
Not only did Pitt offer yesterday, Peters also received a scholarship offer from UCLA. 247 Sports also lists Peters with offers from Penn State, West Virginia, Maryland, Louisville, Kentucky, Iowa State and Cincinnati. Michigan and Ohio State were at his school to check on him so Peters is a recruit definitely on the rise.
After watching film on Peters (6-foot-4, 218 pounds) and seeing his athletic ability, it’s not a real surprise he’s receiving all this attention. An interesting note about Peters is that he’s new to the linebacker position (last year was first year at middle linebacker) after playing wide receiver his whole life.
“I was a wide receiver but Coach Cox told me that he saw me playing middle linebacker and that he thought my future was going to be on defense. He saw me playing middle linebacker and being a sideline to sideline player,” said Peters.
“Although I really wanted to play free safety, I told him that I’ll play anywhere. I’m ready to just play because I love the game of football.”
Although he grew up rooting for Ohio State, Peters tells me that he doesn’t have any early favorites and he’s yet to really examine any school or its coaching staff.
“I was just telling my mom and dad a couple of days ago that whatever schools gives me the best opportunity and the best scholarship is who I’ll pick. I’ll play anywhere. Pitt is a really good school and right now for me, it’s all about business.”