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Peterson denies Lyles' claims

3/31/2011

First it was Auburn, and now it's LSU under the microscope.

Former Texas A&M assistant Van Malone told ESPN.com that Willie Lyles, who runs a scouting service, told Malone that Texas A&M would have to beat $80,000 if the Aggies wanted to sign Patrick Peterson out of high school.

Malone is the recruiting coordinator and secondary coach at University of Tulsa. He said he told Lyles that A&M doesn't pay for football players. Malone added he told Peterson in a subsequent phone conversation that Lyles was trying to sell his services.

Peterson, through LSU, released a statement denying he had any relationship with Lyles and that he was never offered anything to go to LSU.

"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. "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."