The Texas Longhorns continue to build a strong 2017 recruiting class, adding moments ago offensive linemen Xavier Newman. The future Longhorn just informed Charlie Strong of his decision.
“I’m just really excited and happy, being a longhorn is the best thing for me and will help me further my career and get better in the future,” Xavier Newman said. “I really think Coach Strong is a great coach and he is the best of everything you could want. He is the coach I was looking forward to playing for.”
The 2017 Texas class is a close group and Newman had a chance to experience the family atmosphere first hand at the Texas Spring game this past weekend.
“I talked to Sam Ehlinger for about 25 minutes at the spring game and he told me the things he liked and it really stood out to me,” Newman said.
Why is this a big addition to the Longhorn Nation?
“I can play every position on the OL, I am very quick, hands on and very physical,” Newman said. “I play through the whistle and have quick feet.”
Xavier Newman is a quality Power Five-caliber offensive lineman with playing experience at left tackle in Texas high school football's largest classification. Newman is an established drive-blocker who thrives in the run game. He gets his hands inside his target and consistently steers opponents where he wants them to go. He also does a good job of staying on his blocks and finishing them through the whistle. Newman's frame more resembles that of a guard-to-guard player, though he does have adequate length and the requisite playing experience on the outside. He's getting offers as a combo OG/OT prospect. Newman possesses a good ceiling as a pass protector, though he sometimes looks like can't quite turn off his drive-blocking instincts. That said, his tenacity and aggression are a welcome site for any program looking for quality O-line prospect from one of Texas' most talent-laden programs. - Gabe Brooksnull