2023 Camden (S.C) four-star defensive lineman Xzavier McLeod is down to six schools and Texas A&M remains in the mix, along with Georgia, Florida, LSU, Michigan and South Caroline, for the No. 224 overall prospect in the On3 Consensus rankings.
The 6-foot-5, 319 pounder recently made his first visit down to College Station earlier this month after landing an offer from the Aggies in the spring.
“I had to give them a shot even though they just offered me,” he said. “I mean, it’s some other schools that have offered me that I haven’t even visited yet but I just felt something unique about A&M. Coach Robinson, he’s a great d-line coach, first of all, so we started building a relationship and I had to get up there, had to see what he was talking about.”
McLeod noted that his conversations with defensive line coach Elijah Robinson was a highlight of the trip.
“He showed me where I best fit on defense, showed me where I can line up, said I can be a 3, 4i, probably 5[-tech], try to move me around as best he can. Then I mean really he’s just showed me some of my film compared to how he coaches and how I look compared to some of the guys he coached. He says I’m very fast I’m very twitchy he needs a guy like me….”
He added that his interactions with Jimbo Fisher, the facilities and the atmosphere all stood out to him.
“I didn’t want to leave Texas [A&M],” he said. “It’s just a great school. Jimbo (Fisher) said he was going to kidnap me at one point, he said he’s going to kidnap me, I can’t go back to South Carolina. That made my day, just knowing that he showed that type of interest.”
In addition to his first visit to Texas A&M, McLeod visited Texas, LSU and South Carolina. His visit to Baton Rouge was an official visit and he’s set to make his second of five official visits to Michigan this coming weekend.
McLeod plans to take an official visit to Texas A&M, but doesn’t have a date set for his return visit just yet. He’s looking to take his recruitment the distance, not planning to make a commitment until the Early Signing Period, to give him time to take official visits in the fall and thoroughly evaluate the schools in pursuit of him.
As it stands, the in-state Gamecocks have an 81.3% chance of landing the four-star defensive lineman, per the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine with a 79.2% chance to secure the four-star’s commitment.
McLeod ranks as the No. 226 prospect and No. 28 defensive lineman nationally in the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He has an NIL Valuation of $10.2K. The On3 NIL Valuation is an index that looks to set the standard market value for both high school and college-level athletes. The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.