UPDATE 1/7: Xavier Newman twice sent out a tweet on Saturday night that he is de-committing from Colorado, but both times he quickly deleted the social media message.
Xavier Newman viewed his experience out in Florida for the Under Armour All-America game as a stepping stone for his college career, after he helped DeSoto win the Texas 6A state title.
“It was fun, and it was an experience for me to get better as a player,” Newman said when asked to what is was like to compete with and again other top high school football players.
“And when I wasn't taking reps myself, I was taking mental notes and watching and picking up on other people's game,” he added. “I did what I expected, and what I planned on showing, going out there.”
Newman practiced at center and guard in the practices leading up to the all-star game, and he played strictly center in the game. Newman is ranked as the nation's sixth best center prospect from the Class of 2017, but he played at left tackle during his senior season at DeSoto due to injuries.
“The coaches out there loved how I was able to come in and play center without missing a beat, even though I didn't play it the whole season,” Newman said. “Colorado's coaches said they think I played well.”
Newman considers his ability get out of his “stance, move and make impact blocks” to be his best attributes as a center.
Newman de-committed from Texas and joined the Buffaloes' commitment list in mid-October. He has been keeping in consistent contact with head coach Mike MacIntyre, running backs coach Darian Hagan, co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini and offensive line coach Klayton Adams.
“When we talk, we just talk about every day stuff. We are just continuing to build a relationship,” Newman said of his talks with Colorado's staff. “I fell in love with the coaching staff and it is just different up there at Colorado. It is amazing. It is a place I can see myself calling home.”
Coaches from Baylor and TCU have continued to reach out to Newman as well. Both programs are trying to get him to visit later this month, after the dead period ends.
“I am still enjoying the recruiting process right now,” Newman said. “I don't know if I am going to take another official visit here soon. I am still thinking about it. Baylor and TCU are not trying to pressure me, they just want me to come on a visit.”
DeSoto went a perfect 16-0 en route to the school's first ever state championship. Newman said he will never forget the final moment of the title game and the celebration that ensued.
“I think we were successful because we bonded together,” he said. “We always stayed together through summer workouts. We would always go somewhere to watch games or go to the movies together. We treated each other like brothers and that is why we played so well together.”
Newman and his DeSoto teammate Laviska Shenault Jr., also a Colorado commit, will play for the U.S. Under-19 National Team in the inaugural North American Championship, formerly the International Bowl, in Orlando on January 28.