BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former LSU star cornerback Patrick Peterson says he "never had any type of relationship" with a man who runs a Texas-based recruiting service now under scrutiny by the NCAA.
In a statement released by LSU on Thursday, Peterson says Willie Lyles of Complete Scouting Services had no influence on his decision to attend LSU and had no involvement with his recruiting process.
Peterson says he resents that his name has come up in allegations in an ESPN.com report that Lyles told former Texas A&M coach Van Malone that the school would have to "beat" an $80,000 payment other schools were offering if they wanted Peterson to play for the Aggies.
Malone is now an assistant defensive coach with Tulsa.
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