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Next season would be Miles‘ seventh at LSU, where he has brought one highly rated recruiting class after another to Baton Rouge.

In addition, Miles last month signed coveted 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior college transfer quarterback Zach Mettenberger, a former top Georgia recruit who was dismissed by the Bulldogs because of legal trouble.

Mettenberger’s arrival is expected to provide a boost to LSU’s passing game, which was last in the SEC this season, and was perhaps the only thing holding the Tigers back in their two losses this season to Auburn and Arkansas.

Mettenberger will compete for snaps with rising senior Jordan Jefferson, who struggled for long stretches but is coming off an impressive performance in the Cotton Bowl in which he accounted for four touchdowns.

After Peterson announced that he would enter the NFL draft, he said he hopes and believes Miles will remain at LSU, based on his conversations with the coach and what Miles has told other underclassmen and recruits.

Peterson’s younger brother, Avery Johnson, is a high school junior and standout wide receiver who has made an early commitment to LSU.

“I think he’s here. He said this is the greatest job in America and I believe him. He’s honest with his ball players and up front with us,” Peterson said. “I hope he’s coming back, but he said he’s here. … So I can’t wait to see the final decision and Avery will be on his way as well.”


AP Sports Writer Larry Lage in Ann Arbor, Mich., contributed to this report.