Signee Spotlight 2010: Xavier Smith

2010 signee spotlights start to wind down with DB Xavier Smith

2010 CB XAVIER SMITH  5'11"  180  4.46  Edmond (OK) North
(First name is pronounced ex-ZAY-vee-er)

BIO


Smith is a well-rounded and versatile athlete who possesses a good blend of size, speed and quickness.  He has posted a 39" vertical, and a time of 4.19 in the shuttle.  He starred at cornerback for his team, and also was heavily involved in the kick return game as well.  As a senior, Smith was a 1st-Team All-District selection and special teams player of the year after registering 29 tackles and 2 interceptions (returning one for a touchdown), to go along with 2 fumble recoveries and 7 pass break ups.  He earned All-City and All-Metro honors as a junior in 2008 for his season, which included 32 tackles, 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries and 7 pass break ups. 

His high school coach is Jeremy Dombeck, and his parents are Aaron and Judy Franklin.  Smith is interested in studying management in Missouri's School of Business, and he lists swimming, cooking, and playing basketball as his hobbies.  He chose Missouri over TCU, Colorado State, Washington
State, and Tulsa, among others, and listed the family atmosphere within the Missouri program as a major drawing point.

Xavier Smith has become friends with fellow 2010 Missouri recruit E.J. Gaines, and the two of them are planning to be roommates at Missouri.  On signing day, Smith said,  "Mizzou not only looks at you for talent, but they also do a pretty good job of judging you as far as character goes, as well."

COACHES QUOTES

Missouri Assistant Coach Josh Henson was the primary recruiter on Xavier Smith, and had this to say about this talented prospect.  "I kept hearing about this kid who kept running 4.4s and vertical jumping over 35".  He wasn't listed as having any offers.  We got him up to our Kansas City camp, and he did those same things on a slightly sprained ankle.  So, we looked at his film, and saw a kid who would come up and hit you.  We offered him and he came up a couple of weeks later with his mother to look around.  He left without committing, then got out in the car and then came back in about five minutes later and committed to the Tigers.  I think his mom told him what he was going to do."



OUR TAKE

JP:  "X had the most impressive testing on the day at the Kansas City one day camp the Tigers hold every year in Liberty last June. Just a great combo of speed,agility,athleticism and strength. He can cover and is a big hitter as well. He played a lot of safety in HS and could probably compete to play that position at some point at Mizzou, but he will start out at cornerback."

Greg: "Xavier Smith is a very fast and athletic corner prospect, and a good student, who will immediately fit right in at Missouri.  He will add quality depth in the secondary, and will be a strong challenger for playing time fairly early during his career at Mizzou."


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