Xavier Newman, 2017 C/OL, DeSoto (Texas)
Size: 6-3, 272
Recruiting info: Newman committed Monday night to Colorado, picking the Buffaloes a day after decommitting from Texas, which had held his commitment for several months. Newman took an official visit this past weekend to Colorado. Scout ranks Newman as the No. 2 center prospect in the state of Texas and the No. 6 center nationally in the 2017 cycle.
Newman is the seventh player from the Lone Star State to commit to Colorado's 2017 recruiting class. Six of those players are from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including Newman and four-star receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. from DeSoto High School, one of the nation's top talent-producing public schools. Newman's commitment pushes Colorado to No. 30 nationally in the Scout team recruiting rankings and No. 4 in the Pac-12 for the 2017 cycle.
Newman earned Offensive Line MVP at The Opening Dallas in mid-March and competed at The Opening finals in July in Oregon.
Mid-season senior highlights:
Xavier Newman is a quality Power Five-caliber offensive lineman with playing experience at left tackle in Texas high school football's largest classification.
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's frame more resembles that of a guard-to-guard player, though he does have adequate length and the requisite playing experience on the outside. He's gotten offers as a combo OG/OT prospect, but could very well play center as well. We've projected him at center because his build best fits that position, and it's where he ranks the highest. 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 sight for any program looking for a quality O-line prospect from one of Texas' most talent-laden programs. - Gabe Brooks
- Drive-blocking skills
- Position flexibility
- Quickness off the ball
Areas to Improve
Analysis from Scout national analyst Greg Powers:
Newman plays tackle in high school, but will most likely move to the interior in college. He could end up playing guard and he could get some strong looks to play center.
He will add weight and power to make the move inside and pick up on some new tricks of the trade. You could see some of that when he was matched up with elite prospects who already had that size and strength at The Opening Finals.
His strengths are his quickness and tenacity. He plays with aggression on almost every snap. He is also athletic and mobile for an offensive lineman.
The Opening Finals clips:
The Opening Dallas clips: