Super Texas Star Talks About UM

This outstanding prospect is generally considered one of the nation's best at his position and he has the offers to prove it. He talks about the University of Miami and where the Hurricanes rank on his current list in this indepth interview.

The state of Texas continues to be fertile recruiting ground for the University of Miami, especially when it comes to defensive lineman. Last month, I posted an interview with Jarvis Moss, who is widely considered one of the nation's premier defensive end prospects. Today, I discuss his cousin, Duncanville standout Xavier Lawson-Kennedy.

At 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, Lawson-Kennedy started his football career as a middle linebacker.

"When I was 13, I played middle linebacker and I played there until I started high school," Lawson-Kennedy told me. "Actually, they tried me at defensive tackle in 8th grade because I was getting so big and I liked that a lot better. My freshman year, I was about 6-2 and 315. I put on a lot of muscle since then."

Lawson-Kennedy also competes in track (throws the shot put 62 feet) and power lifting. "I have a 420-pound bench press." As a junior last season, he had over 100 tackles, 32 for loss, and 10 sacks.

Inside the classroom, he carries a 3.8 GPA while he still awaits test score results. His academic performance is a major reason why Lawson-Kennedy became one of the nation's most heavily recruited defensive linemen this past spring.

"I talked to so many coaches that I can't even remember them all," he said. "So many schools called me, it seemed like my phone never stopped ringing. I talked to a lot of head coaches like Mack Brown, Bob Stoops, Nick Saban, Larry Coker, and Bobby Bowden. They all pretty much said the same thing. They all talked about getting me to check out their school and to see if I was interested. I have 46 scholarship offers that came in the mail. All the coaches that I just named offered me and a whole lot more."

The super talented defensive tackle said he's still not sure on an early list of favorites.

"They're all even right now," he said. "It will depend on where I want to go to college. Right now, I don't have any idea where I want to go because I have only seen one school outside the state of Texas. I went up to Oklahoma for their spring game and that was tight. Me and some of my cousins like Jarvis Moss went up there to check things out."

Lawson-Kennedy talked about the possibility of picking the same school as Moss.

"He's my first cousin and everything, but we don't really talk about going to school together. He has his options and I have mine, but it does seem that all the same schools are recruiting both of us."

The standout defensive lineman talked about the Hurricanes.

"Miami's tight," he said. "They said I'm one of the top defensive linemen on their little thing. The thing about Miami is it's where Warren Sapp went. He's my favorite defensive tackle and it all started for him at Miami. They have offered me, I spoke to Coach Larry Coker, and Miami's a school that I may take an official visit to later this year. I'm definitely interested in checking out at least one of the schools in Florida, so we'll see."

Lawson-Kennedy talked about the opportunities inside the state of Texas.

"I'm really wide open," he said. "I've already visited all the Division 1 Texas schools so I know what they're about. Texas is tight. A whole bunch of my friends are going there. We're all from the same area – Larry Dibbles and a lot of them. I grew up with Vincent [Young] when I used to live in Houston. Surprisingly, I don't even watch football. Not even the pros. So I still have a lot to learn about all these schools and that's why I want to take all my visits."


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