Junior To Watch: Xavier Adibi
School: Hampton (Va.) Phoebus
Size and speed: Adibi is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He says his personal best in the 40-yard dash is a 4.5 and he consistently runs between a 4.5 and 4.6.
Statistics: Xavier wasn’t sure of his final statistics but knows he had nearly 100 tackles and more than 15 sacks on defense. He was also the starting fullback for Phoebus and led the team in touchdowns. In the Division 5 Championship, he ran for 155 yards and four scores.
Honors: Adibi was named Eastern Region First Team defensive end as well as being named to the VHSCA Group AAA All-State First Team defensive line while helping his team win the Group AAA Division 5 state championship.
Favorite Schools: Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Tennessee.
Skinny: Adibi is considered by many to be the top junior in the state of Virginia and has excellent speed and advanced pass rushing moves for his age. Virginia Tech looks like the team to beat because his older brother, Nathaniel, is a redshirt sophomore defensive end with the Hokies.
“Right now Virginia Tech is the only team to offer me, but I expect others will follow soon,” Adibi said. “I’m not set on Tech just yet although they are my favorite because my brother is there. I want to take my time and look at some other schools as well.”
Adibi is going to Maryland this weekend to see the Duke/Maryland game and for Junior Day and has already visited Georgia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina unofficially as well as Virginia Tech.
“I’m not going to any camps this summer,” he said. “I’m going to take some official visits next year and see which school I like the best. Right now I have about 10 schools I like.”
Adibi wants to enter his senior season around 225 pounds without losing any speed. Although he plays fullback, he’s being recruited as a defensive end only.
“I really love defense,” he said. “I love rushing the quarterback and I think my speed is what makes me effective.”