Heading into SEC play, Kentucky is getting a boost on defense. The NCAA has granted Florida State transfer Xavier Peters immediate eligibility for the 2019 season, meaning he can play for the Wildcats on Saturday against Florida.

“We’re excited to have Xavier available to play this season,” UK coach Mark Stoops said. “I appreciate the NCAA understanding Xavier’s situation. I also want to thank our compliance office for the great job they did with the appeal and for Xavier’s patience with the process.”

The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder from Middletown, Ohio redshirted the 2018 while at FSU, appearing in two games but preserving his season of eligibility under the new NCAA redshirt rules. Peters recorded a solo tackle and pass breakup in a win over Wake Forest and also saw action against Clemson with the Noles. He transferred to UK to be closer to his infant son.

“I’m so excited,” Peters said “I was hoping this would happen because all of this has been for my son. He’s my life.

“I can’t wait to get out there with my team on Saturdays. I want to thank the NCAA and everyone at Kentucky who helped make this happen.”

Peters also shared a public reaction to the news on Twitter.