Cats on Georgia D-End's mind

Kentucky is among a growing list of scholarship offers for a rising defensive end prospect from the Peach State who fits the profile of many former Wildcats from that area.

Players like Winder (Ga.) Apalachee defensive end Rakim Peters are in high demand as part of Kentucky's ongoing quest to find more impact players at the defensive end position.

Peters (6-2, 230) fits the bill. He's coming off a junior season which saw him record close to 70 tackles and three sacks. He counts UK among "about 17" scholarship offers to date, including BCS programs like Clemson, Cincinnati, Purdue, Mississippi State, Missouri and Syracuse.

"They've been keeping in touch with me through Facebook mainly," Peters said of the UK staff. "I talk to coach (David) Turner most of the time. He says they like me a lot as a defensive end and possibly as a linebacker in their system. He says I have the size and speed and versatility to play either one.

"I'm learning more about their football program. I really haven't got a chance to do a lot of research yet, but I like the fact that they're an SEC team, and I've always been a fan of their basketball team. They want me to come up and visit sometime. I haven't scheduled it yet, but that's one I might do."

Peters said Purdue, Central Florida and Western Kentucky have also made a strong impression on him.

"I'm still open-minded," he said. "I'm not in a big hurry to do anything. I'm waiting to see who all is the most interested."

Asked what he's looking for in a future college home, Peters said: "A good environment with nice coaches and players to be around. That, and the surrounding area, a place where I feel like I could be comfortable. Also, the academics."

Peters said he's thinking about pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. "I've always liked electronics and stuff like robotics."


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