Junior to Watch: Xavier Lawson-Kennedy
School: Duncanville, Texas
Position: Defensive End/Defensive Tackle
Size and Speed: Xavier Lawson-Kennedy is 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds. He has a 40-yard dash time of 4.9 seconds.
Statistics: He had 102 tackles, 10 sacks, 69 quarterback hurries and 32 tackles for loss.
Honors: He was named first team all-district unanimous.
Strong Points: Strength, speed and good vision. He described himself as "an aggressive player with finesse". He compared his style of play to that of Baltimore defensive tackle Sam Adams. "I try to also play like Warren Sapp, ‘cause he's my favorite player."
Favorite Schools: He has offers from Texas A & M and Notre Dame.
He is also hearing from Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, Alabama, UCLA, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Iowa State, Southern Methodist and a lot of others.
"I probably have 98 letters in all. At this time Texas, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Nebraska are probably recruiting the hardest. There is no favorite at this point."
However: "Somewhere close enough to drive to (would be who he would visit right now), though I haven't picked any particular ones yet."
Skinny: "Distance will probably be a factor, because I want my family to be close enough to come to the games. It probably shouldn't be, because they travel quite a bit. Other than that, my main factors are going to be finding a good law school, the graduation rate of football players, and the atmosphere and whether or not I'm comfortable there."
He has plans to attend the Nike camp at Texas A&M on May 4.
He plans to major in corporate law and has set his sports goals as a state championship and All-American honors.
He named his toughest opposing player as Rivals 100 number one offensive lineman, Justin Blaylock.
He also does shot put and discus for the track team and competes in power lifting.
He benches 385 pounds, squats 570 pounds, has a vertical leap of 29 inches, and a cumulative GPA of 3.7 and will take both the SAT and ACT in June.
Duncanville went 6-5 last season, losing in the first round of the playoffs.