South Florida RB Has 4 Offers

Xavier Stinson started his prep career at Central Catholic H.S. in Melbourne, where he was staying with his uncle and former NFL fullback Tim Lester.

"He helped me out a lot," Stinson said. "He played running back in high school so he knows a lot about the position and he had good experience just playing in the NFL. He's worked with me a lot and I've learned a lot from him."

Xavier Stinson moved to Miami midway through his freshman year and enrolled at Chaminade. He's been playing on their varsity team ever since.

"MY sophomore year was OK but it was my junior year that I really broke out," he said. "I'm a running back and I just played linebacker to help the team out."

That ended up being a good decision, as Stinson ended up being named Broward County's Defensive Player of the Year by some media outlets. At 5-foot-9 and 215 pounds, STinson says he's a running back, however.

"I'm definitely a running back first," he said. "I won the award on defense last year and now I'm gonna try winning that award on offense this coming season. I just run hard every single play."

Stinson, who also does track and wrestling (he finished 5th in states as a junior) at Chaminade, will be among the top running back recruits in the entire state in 2006. The process has already started in a big way for the talented junior.

"Auburn was the first to send me an offer," he said. "Then came Pittsburgh, Ole Miss, and Iowa. Those are the four I have right now but a lot of others have expressed interest."

The talented running back prospect, who plans to attend the All-American Combine at FAU on May 13, was asked to name some early favorites.

"I'll go with Georgia, Auburn, Miami, Virginia Tech, and USC," he said. "Number one is either Georgia or Auburn. I've been to Georgia before and really like it there. Auburn, I just like the program and the coaches. Those are my top two."

Stinson, who carries a 2.7 GPA and will likely have no trouble becoming a full academic qualifier, attended the Junior Day event at the University of Miami last Saturday.

"It was real nice," he said. "I went with a bunch of my teammates. I was with Mario Cristobal the whole time. We had a lot of fun. Miami's a great school but I don't think it's the one for me."

Stinson explained more as to why he doesn't believe UM will be the school for him.

"I wanna have a chance to play early," he said. "It's not about competition. I'll compete with anyone but Georgia and Auburn have more need for a running back. UM has a bunch of guys and they just signed a bunch more this year. No matter who they sign, he's gonna have to wait his turn because all of those guys are good I'm sure. Like I said, I like UM and everything but I just don't think it'll be the right one for me."

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