Report: $80K sought for Peterson

ESPN.com is reporting that a former Texas A&M assistant coach says a man who runs a Texas-based recruiting service told him the Aggies had to ”beat” $80,000 if it wanted to sign Patrick Peterson out of high school.

Van Malone, the former cornerbacks coach at Texas A&M, told ESPN that Will Lyles, who ran Will Lyles of Complete Scouting Services, contacted him in 2007 after Peterson visited the school 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 ESPN.com on Wednesday. ”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.”

Peterson ended up going to LSU.

Malone is now the recruiting coordinator and defensive secondary coach at University of Tulsa. He told ESPN.com that he told Lyles A&M doesn’t pay for football players, and he later told Peterson that Lyles was trying to sell his services.

ESPN.com was unable to reach Peterson or Lyles.

Peterson’s father, Patrick Peterson Sr., told the website he visited Texas A&M with his son. He said he was never told that Lyles was asking schools for money for his son.

”This is a shocker,” Peterson Sr. told ESPN. ”It could have happened. It could have come out of (Lyles’) mouth, that’s what happens. These guys try to make money on their own, they are kind of like escort services. That’s what I call them, escort services.”

Peterson Sr. said he has no relationship with Lyles, but met him at football camps.

LSU officials could not be reached for comment by ESPN. A Texas A&M spokesman told ESPN.com university was unaware of Malone’s comments about Lyles. Malone said he never told then-Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione about Lyles’ request.

The NCAA is looking into Oregon’s $25,000 payment to Lyles’ firm and his involvement in the recruitment of running back Lache Seastrunk, of Temple, Texas. Oregon has confirmed it paid for Lyles’ scouting service for videos of prospective student-athletes, which is allowed under NCAA rules.