It is no secret that Blinn College is an elite football program, winning big on the field and sending more players to four-year universities than almost any other school. This year's sophomore class is no different, with 9 three star and 3 two star recruits by Rivals. Flying under the radar a bit is Xavier Maxwell, despite earning honorable mention All-Conference honors at the end of the season. The 6-1, 178 lb. sophomore from Humble was a big target for the Bucs, averaging over 25 yards per reception in his two seasons (39 receptions for 1,004 yards and 7 TDs). Xavier was kind enough to answer some questions about himself and future.
LSC Scoop - Xavier, what an outstanding senior season, both individually and as a team. What will you remember most from last year?
Xavier Maxwell - I will remember the hard work and effort i put out with my teamates during the season, off season, and spring training.
Scoop - What were the expectations coming into the season, and did you and your teammates meet your goals?
XM - Our expectations was to win the national championship unfortunately we were short of that, but we did get another oppertunity to play in a bowl game with one another.
Scoop - Tell us a little bit about recruiting. When did 4 year colleges start coming around? Was it ever a distraction?
XM - As we all know recruiting is very stressful but necessary and important. However, I started getting recruited during my sophmore yr. at blinn. Although a few coaches left contact information here and there it was never an distraction. I made sure i finished as hard as i started before i started thinking of schools of interest.
Scoop - Who are the schools interested in you?
XM - I have recieved contact information from UCA (Central Arkansas), Kansas St, Kansas, Texas State , Louisiana Tech, UNLV, Lamar, Savannah St. , ACU, Midwestern, and Iowa st. La tech, UNLV, UCA, Savannah st. are in contact with me the most.
Scoop - What schools are you most interested in?
XM - Im interested to anywhere right now, my options are open and i am patiently waiting to find a home.
Scoop - How big of a role do academics play in your decision? Have you decided on a major?
XM - It plays a factor because without education you cant ball. I have not decided my major but i am leaning towards the field of a counselor.
Scoop - What strengths do you have that will help you be successful at the next level?
XM - I have leadership qualities and i could bring excitement to the team. (Xavier won the team captain award).
Scoop - Who are your role models, or the people that have helped you get where you are today?
XM - I do not have a role model, but i will give credit to Full Potential Joeseph Lane he has helped me on several occasions from workout videos to opening his family to me personally, also several of my teammates Chase Terry, Shaun Rutherford, Chris Curtis, and Kip Daily. Also my family, they always were there to give me the support and spiritual guidence which is needed daily but also throughout my athletic career.
Scoop- Any advice for guys that will be going through this process in the next year or two?XM - I always tell younger guys that i know that i see growing up is to stay in the books, and pla to your full potential every oppertunity you may recieve. The most important thing is to stay healthy and have patience.
Scoop - What teammates do you think have the ability to play at the next level? Are they being recruited?
XM - I feel like our whole team could play on the next level such as, Eddie Porter LB Ishmail hayes DE Jon Gandy DE Chase Terry TE Jacob Bennett WR/PR Kyle Auchbaun ATH Marion Grice RB Ken Smith DT Xavier Ruben OL Armando Alvarez OL Chris Grishby OL Earl Hines LB Jeremy Baltazar DB Anthony Watson DB Maurice Poullard DB and many more. They all are currently being recruied.
Scoop - Thanks Xavier, we hope to see you in the LSC the next two years.