In Person Eval: Xavier Grindle

Xavier Grindle entered his senior season as the top running back in the state of Mississippi. Just ten yards shy of 2,000 yards for the season and one win away from playing for a state title, Grindle has not disappointed. Xavier committed to Mississippi State during the summer and has looked back on that commitment.

I have had the chance to see Xavier on film, at camp and in person under the Friday Night Lights.

On every occasion, Xavier has put together an impressive effort.

Grindle is guy who is very tough once he gets the corner. He shows very good balance and change of direction which makes him a tough target in the open field for tacklers.

Xavier is a team first guy and has no problem serving as a decoy to help the team move the chains, but when the team needs a big play they go to Grindle.

He looks very natural taking the hand off, on the toss and out in the pass pattern as a receiver. While many backs from smaller programs struggle making the transition to the college level, Xavier shows a lot more polish than most due to how his coaches use him.

The East Marion staff looks for ways to get Xavier the football to allow him to put his stamp on the game.

Grindle gets a lot of touchdown inside the redzone, but he is a threat to score from anywhere on the field including the return game.

Xavier is not the biggest prospect, but he has added some solid weight over last season especially in his lower half.

He will play corner in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game which is a position he has excelled at during his time on the high school level.

' Xavier takes pride in the small things and is willing to give up some of his own touches to help the team win.

What is most remarkable about Grindle's 2,000 yards season is that he has sat just about all of the second half in eleven games this year.


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