Is Texas Football Flip 5 Star Xavier Filsaime Away From Florida Gators?
Texas already has a five-star commitment in the 2024 On3 Industry Football Rankings, but the Longhorns are looking to add another by moving away from a future SEC rival.
After committing in early October, Texas is pushing hard to convert the five-star McKinney (Texas) safety and Florida commitment. Xavier Filme.
On Thursday, Texas safeties coach Blake Gideon came out to McKinney to watch Filsaime play, and was joined by Gators assistant Corey Raymond, who is working to keep Filsaime in the UF class.
Long horns don’t come off easily
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Filsaime has been committed to the Gators since April, when he chose Billy Napier’s program over offers from Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, Oregon and more.
He hasn’t made it to Texas for a visit this fall, and he hasn’t given any public indication that he’s wavering in his commitment. But InsideTexas.com senior analyst Gerry Hamilton says McKinney is talking to the Longhorns more often as December approaches.
“He lives in the state of Texas, his father is in McKinney. And while his mom is living in Orlando, here’s the thing: He’s started talking to Texas a lot,” Hamilton told On3’s Josh Newberg on the Inside Scoop recruiting program. “He’s looking for that opportunity to be an impact safety. He is scheduled to be at USC this weekend, we will see if he makes the trip. I think he will show up on the Texas campus before he graduates from high school in December and sign on the 20th. I think Texas has a shot with Filsaime, we’ll see if Florida can stop them.”
Xavier Filsaime’s Recruitment Profile
He is the No. 27 overall prospect in the class of 2024, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that uses all four major recruiting firms. Filsaime is also ranked as the No. 2 national safety and No. 8 recruit in the state of Texas.
On3’s Scouting and Rankings team writes this about him as a prospect:
“Athletic safety, physicality and flexibility in the back. He measured in at over 5-foot-11.5, about 180 pounds before his junior season. He is of average to below average height with a 30.75-inch arm. Turned in strong track times as a sophomore, with a best of 11.0 seconds in the 100 meters, highlighted by a personal best of 10.52 seconds. He primarily worked as a safety as a junior, lining up deep and in the slot. He made most of his plays as a cover defender. Body and throws his body around. It shows pop as a striker. It closes quickly when moving forward. Sniffs quick passes. It plays with a certain attitude. Has speed and line flexibility for receivers in man coverage. He didn’t have much football production as a junior at safety but was a wide receiver as a sophomore, mitigating questions about his football skills. He didn’t repeat his sophomore streak times as a junior. They’re the youngest in the class on April’s birthday.”