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Xavier Young: 2023 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Xavier Young
School: Pace University
Position: DE/DT
Height: 6-2
Weight: 268

Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season? 

The goal we set for ourselves was to make the NE10 respect Pace football again. We definitely
set the tone coming from a previous 2-8 season to a 6-4 team. I have complete faith that those
guys, my brothers, will surpass the ceiling we set in 2022. After transferring to Pace, a
personal goal of mine was to make 1st Team All Conference in a single season. With the help of
my family,coaches, and teammates; I come close by earning NE10 2nd Team All Conference
Defensive Lineman.

Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?

My coaches and teammates would say I am a tough, dependable, crafty, and natural leader. A
person that makes other players better. As a division 1 NEC transfer, there was a lot of
responsibility placed on my shoulders when I came to stopping the run this season. Coach
Rondeau, Coach Gruber and Coach Holmes drew up the game plan and placed a lot of trust in
me to execute.

Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?

I tend to focus on the blocking tendencies based on common formations. Most offensive
linemen have tell tale signs that can be exploited throughout the game. When it comes to their
pass blocking, I pay attention to whether they are patient or overly aggressive with their hands.
By the 3rd and 4th quarter, it turns into a battle of whose hands are quicker, and I bet on mine

Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position? 

My versatility is what separates me from other players. Very few players can say they have
found success at every position on the defensive line. My knowledge and comprehension of the
game also allows me to adjust to whatever is thrown at me. My explosive get off and quick
hands have led to my success throughout my career.

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

Since January, I have been training with Jeremy Campbell Sr. at Elite Performance Training
Systems in Wayne,NJ. We lift and work daily on my defensive line skills with his highly
respected team who have all played football professionally.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

What I bring to any team is accountability. I am a man that believes nothing comes easy and
with hard work anything is possible. I also come as a student. I am always ready to learn and be
coached by those who have come before me. I am coachable with nothing but an open mind for
expanding my skills, knowledge and presence on the field. To be a defensive lineman, I believe
one needs to have grit and be persistence. Which are both qualities I embody.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?

My pitch to the NFL and any other pro league is that I am a versatile defensive lineman that
knows how to play the zero to the seven tech. I love this game and I have competed against the
highest level of collegiate football. I am serious about my craft and I am willing to learn from the
best to take my game to the highest level.

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