Four-star ATH Xavier Filsaime returning to home state, commits to Florida
Ahead of Florida's Spring Game on Thursday night, McKinney (Texas) four-star athlete Xavier Filsaime has committed to the Gators, becoming the second high four-star from the state of Texas to commit to Billy Napier in the 2024 class.
Filsaime, who is originally from the state of Florida, will return to The Sunshine State to play for cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond who he believes will be able to develop him for the next level.
"I love what they got going on over there," Filsaime said. "I feel like I could be one of their star players on defense. I know Coach Raymond will develop me, for sure."
The DFW product started his high school football career as a receiver and emerged on the recruiting radar as soon as his freshman season at the Get Stamped Showcase in Dallas in 2020. He followed that with limited snaps as a freshman on varsity before posting 35-463-2 receiving as a sophomore.
Ahead of his junior season, Filsaime made the switch to safety where he translated his ball skills and quick twitch movement into being a dangerous threat in the backfield of the secondary. During the season, Filsaime accounted for 76 tackles and three forced fumbles in helping lead McKinney to a third-round playoff appearance.
Also a star on the track, Filsaime owns personal bests of 10.52 in the 100-meter event, 22.38 in the 200-meter event and 22-feet-0.75-inches in the long jump.
At Florida, Filsaime will have flexibility as a player that can line up anywhere in the secondary and provide elite coverage in multiple places. His speed and range will most likely make him a safety when it's set in stone, but being a lockdown cover corner is certainly within the range of possibility as well.
At 6-foot-0, 190 pounds, Filsaime is ranked as the No. 82 recruit in the country for the class of 2024, according to Rivals. He is the No. 5 athlete in the country and the No. 12 recruit from the state of Texas.