Xavier Newman was ready to pull the trigger and commit to Colorado last spring after taking an unofficial visit to Boulder, but Texas offered and that changed the course of his recruitment... at least for the time being.
Newman was on the Longhorns' commitment list for nearly six months before he switched up his pledge. It was an official visit to Colorado with his parents, and a handful of his DeSoto teammates, that put the Buffs back up on top.
"The city, all of it," Newman said when asked what made his most recent trip to Boulder stand out. "The highlight was at the game -- when I was coming off the field the fans were chanting my name."
Newman chose the Buffaloes over offers from 20 other FBS programs, including Colorado State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. He is currently ranked as the nation's sixth best offensive center prospect this cycle. The Buffs said he could factor in at either guard or center.
“Newman is a quality Power Five-caliber offensive lineman with playing experience at left tackle in Texas high school football's largest classification,” Scout recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks previously wrote. “Newman is an established drive-blocker who thrives in the run game. He gets his hands inside his target and consistently steers opponents where he wants them to go. He also does a good job of staying on his blocks and finishing them through the whistle.
"Newman possesses a good ceiling as a pass protector, though he sometimes looks like can't quite turn off his drive-blocking instincts. That said, his tenacity and aggression are a welcome site for any program looking for quality offensive line prospect from one of Texas' most talent-laden programs.”