With only one season of high school football under his belt, Detroit Cass Tech 2019 defensive back Xavier Goldsmith already has seven offers. One offer he doesn't have, however, is the University of Wisconsin.
Fresh off visiting the campus with teammates in May, Goldsmith returned for Wisconsin’s first high school summer camp Saturday. While he didn’t leave with a scholarship offer, Goldsmith left with two other things: a hungrier attitude to get an offer and a devoted love for the campus and Camp Randall.
“It's a great school,” Goldsmith told BadgerNation. “I forgot how nice it is up there. Camp Randall is so big in person. The field is in pristine shape, and you can tell how much the coaches love it. I talked to Coach Leonhard and he was real admit we stay in contact. They said they may offer soon, and want to see some games of mine this upcoming year."
Having two interceptions in the practice drills and having a "stellar" performance to his knowledge, Goldsmith said it was hard, yet fun. He also said the coaches know what they're doing.
“It was real fun,” Goldsmith said. “It's all competition up there; they don't take plays off. I love the mentality. I also make it a point in my practices and in my games to never take plays off. I was going up against older opponents the whole time, so it's great competition because at Cass (Tech) it's all older players. I took a lot away from this camp and great seeing coaching staff again."
Looking to build his relationship with defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard, Goldsmith made it a point to impress him in camp by working his butt off. The end result was Goldsmith learning a handful of new skills he feels will benefit him moving forward.
“I'm hungry. I want to show everybody how I can play,” he said. “Coach Leonhard said I played really well. They want to see how I develop and mature, as I'm only a freshman, so that's why they didn't offer yet. I know I can play with the best. I've proven it multiple times, and I'm ready to take the next step. If Wisconsin offers, they'll be my leader as of now.”