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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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Patrick Peterson Issues Statement Regarding Willie Lyles

Former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson issued a statement on Thursday regarding allegations that “Texas-based football trainer” Willie Lyles offered to send Peterson to Texas A&M in exchange for cash in 2007.

“I have never had any type of relationship with Willie Lyles and he had no influence on my decision to attend LSU, or any other school for that matter,” Peterson said in his statement. “He had no involvement with my recruiting process and I resent the fact that my name has come up in these allegations. I chose LSU because it’s a great school with a great football program. I never received nor was I offered anything to go to LSU and anyone saying otherwise is being dishonest.”

The allegations were made by former Texas A&M cornerbacks coach Van Malone during an interview with

“A few days after the kid’s visit (to College Station), Will calls and says, ‘If you want this kid, there are other schools that want this kid as well. They’re willing to pay a certain amount of money, around the $80,000 mark,’” Malone told “He said that was something we were going to have to beat as a university to be able to obtain the services of this kid.”

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