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Reporter: LSU’s Peterson Did Have A Relationship With Lyles

Yesterday, ESPN reported that former Texas A&M assistant coach Van Malone claimed that Willie Lyles — a reputed street agent already being investigated for his dealings with Oregon — had told him that A&M would have to pay $80,000 if it wanted to sign Patrick Peterson.

Peterson eventually signed with and starred at LSU.  Peterson and his father said they had no connection with Lyles during Peterson’s high school years.

Peterson also told a reporter that he never even visited Texas A&M.  But that part isn’t true.  In 2007, Patrick Johnson — as he was known then — did visit A&M and Brian Perroni wrote a story about the visit for, the Rivals site that covers A&M athletics.

On August 6th, 2007, Peterson is quoted as having said: “I visited Texas A&M the other day.  My dad and I were in Houston visiting one of his friends and he suggested that we go look at A&M.”

And now Matt Hinton of Yahoo! Sports has brought attention to this tweet posted yesterday by Perroni, the man who wrote that 2007 story:

Here is a story I wrote on Peterson visit to #TAMU 3 yrs ago.  I confirmed at time the “friend” was Will Lyles. 

He then includes the link to the story linked above.

Your move, Petersons.

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