#8 Xavier Hill—Olive Branch High School
Xavier, a left tackle, plans to attend the University of Alabama. He was listed in both the Commercial Appeal’s Dandy Dozen and The Clarion Ledger’s Dandy Dozen as one of the 12 best football players in Mississippi.
“I went to Alabama on junior day,” said the 6’4” 320 lb. senior. “As I waited to meet the best coach in football, I was very nervous. I remember having butterflies in my stomach. Coach Nick Saban walked into the room and was all business. He crossed his arms and told me I have an opportunity to play for Alabama.”
“When you are around Coach Saban, you have to really be on your toes,” he added.
OBHS Tyler Turner said Xavier is known for “finishing blocks and for his explosive movements.”
Until his sophomore year, Xavier considered basketball as his sport of choice. Coach Turner changed that by introducing him to his weight room and assigning him a practice partner, Fabien Lovett, now a football player at Mississippi State University.
“I have watched Xavier grow in the classroom and on the field. He has a strong work ethic,” Coach Turner added. “Working out with Fabien was a great experience for him and helped him develop quickly. Xavier already had the physical gifts.”
Xavier had other scholarship offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, and Florida. He has attended Olive Branch Schools since 8th grade. He says he plans to take culinary classes with hopes of becoming a top chef.