Placing in the top ten percent of a class of over 700 students, holding a 3.80 GPA and making plans toward law school, Xavier Lawson-Kennedy, a defensive tackle from Duncanville, Texas is ranking his college options on and off the field.
“I want to go to a college where I can make an impact on the football field, and get a good education,” Lawson-Kennedy said.
His statistics say he’ll definitely make an impact. Xavier racked up 117 total tackles last year, including ten sacks, 47 tackles for a loss, and 40 unassisted tackles. He also amassed 68 quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries, caused four fumbles and was a unanimous selection as all-district defensive tackle.
Lawson-Kennedy boasts a 4.88 time in the 40-yard dash, giving him the ability to play either defensive tackle or defensive end.
“I primarily played defensive tackle until we needed a pass rush, then I moved to defensive end,” the 6-foot-3, 305-pounder said. “I can either blow through people or run around them.”
Though he claims no leaders in the process so far, he has made unofficial visits to Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, SMU, TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma. Lawson-Kennedy is also receiving attention from Penn State, Miami, Florida, LSU and Kansas State.