The above video features footage of Colorado offensive line commit Xavier Newman in DeSoto's 38-29 win vs. Cibolo Steele in the Texas Class 6A Division II state championship this past weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Newman, who started at left tackle, helped DeSoto to a 16-0 season and its first-ever state championship. DeSoto's offense gained 525 total yards in the state championship game, including 303 rushing yards.
Scout ranks Newman as the No. 2 center prospect in the state of Texas and No. 6 nationally among senior center prospects. He's likely a position-versatile prospect in college as a guard-to-guard player.
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