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Cincinnati the new home for ex-LSU WR Avery Peterson


Ex-Virginia wide receiver Jamil Kamara announced Tuesday that he would be continue his playing career at Cincinnati.  Two days later, it appears the Bearcats have picked up yet another former Power Five receiver.

As first reported by Tim Adams of 247Sports.com, Avery Peterson has decided to transfer into Tommy Tuberville‘s UC football program.  ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad subsequently confirmed the move, with Peterson telling Schad that “his relationship with Eddie Gran on the Cincinnati staff was key to his decision.”

Gran has served as the Bearcats’ offensive coordinator and running backs coach since 2013.

Peterson, whose brother is former Tiger and current Arizona Cardinals standout Patrick Peterson, announced on Facebook two weeks ago that he would be transferring from LSU. In his run-on social media missive, the receiver said he decided to move on from Baton Rouge “[a]fter so much thought and prayers and after talking to the people who I really trust” and that while “it really breaks my heart… at the end of the day I have to do [what’s] best for me and my future.”

Peterson was a three-star member of LSU’s 2013 recruiting class and was thought to have the ability to compete for playing time immediately before the early enrollee sustained what turned out to be a season-ending injury his true freshman season. In 2014, he played in just one game.

As will be the case with Kamara, Peterson will have to sit out the 2015 season.  Beginning in 2016, he would then have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

(Photo credit: LSU athletics)

Ex-Virginia WR Jamil Kamara finds new home at Cincinnati


While not immediately, Cincinnati’s receiving corps will see an infusion of talent courtesy of a Power Five program.

While the school has yet to announce his addition, Jamil Kamara took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to announce that he will be continuing his collegiate playing career with the Bearcats.  The wide receiver’s announcement comes nearly two months after he went on social media to announce that he would be transferring from Virginia.

Kamara will be forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, but will then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.

A four-star member of the Cavaliers’ 2014 recruiting class, Kamara was rated as the No. 17 receiver in the country; the No. 6 player in the state of Virginia; and the No. 123 prospect overall according to Rivals.com.  Kamara was the highest-rated offensive signee in that year’s class for UVa., and only two defensive players — both five-stars — carried a higher ranking overall.

As a true freshman last season, Kamara played in five games.  His lone catch of the season, good for six yards, came in the opener against Richmond.  The 6-2, 210-pound receiver was listed as a No. 2 receiver on the post-spring depth chart.

(Photo credit: Virginia athletics)