Avery Peterson’s star-crossed career at LSU has apparently come to an end.
The Tigers wide receiver, the younger brother of former LSU All-American cornerback Patrick Peterson, announced on his Facebook page he plans to leave the program. He played in only one game in two years with the Tigers.
“After so much thought and prayers and after talking to the people who I really trust I decided to move on and (fulfill) my dreams and (further) my education elsewhere,” Peterson wrote. “This was really tough for me. I didn’t want to leave LSU. I love LSU Football. I love Baton Rouge. I love the people here in Baton Rouge.
“It really breaks my heart but at the end of the day I have to do (what’s) best for me and my future.”
Peterson’s plans were not immediately known. His decision to leave LSU – which as of Monday afternoon still listed Peterson on the football roster on its website – could not immediately be confirmed by the school.
A native of Pompano Beach, Fla., the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Peterson was LSU’s first commitment for its 2012 recruiting class back in 2010. But his prospects of getting on the field for the Tigers started right away as he spent the fall of 2012 at Hargrave (Virginia) Military Academy because he wasn’t academically qualified.
Peterson enrolled at LSU in January 2013, but his season ended even before it had a chance to begin. He suffered a broken ankle in preseason practice in August and was forced to redshirt.
Finally qualified and healthy for the 2014 season, Peterson could never secure a key role for the Tigers. He played in only one game last year, against New Mexico State, and did not record a catch.
Despite his lack of playing time, Peterson thanked LSU coach Les Miles and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson for having him on the team.
“I would like to thank Coach Miles and Coach Wilson and the rest of the coaching staff for giving me an opportunity to be a College Student Athlete at this beautiful university,” Peterson wrote.
“God has other plans for me and it’s time for me to seek them again. I will miss this place. I’m thankful for the opportunity. Again I love LSU and I’ll always have a spot for this great university in my heart and I’ll always be a Tiger. God Bless and GEAUX TIGERS!!!”
Peterson’s departure leaves LSU with nine scholarship wide receivers for 2015. Only one of them, junior Travin Dural, is an upperclassman.