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Xavier Restrepo Breaks Down Commitment

Xavier Restrepo Breaks Down Commitment

Matthew_Suero
Late last night, news broke that Deerfield Beach’s Xavier Restrepo had given a verbal pledge to Manny Diaz and the Miami Hurricanes. For Restrepo, it was a dream come true to commit to Category20.

“The feeling is indescribable. It's just an amazing feeling. I was in my parent’s room, and we were just on the phone, and I could just see the look on my parents’ faces. We’ve accomplished what we needed to accomplish. Obviously, now is the time. This is where it starts, all leading up now. It’s been a crazy journey, and it’s exciting to say I’m finally from the University of Miami.”

One of the people most excited by this news was Restrepo’s mother.

“She’s a very young mother and her reaction - it was unexplainable. The look on her face was just ‘Wow’, because I’m the first person in my family to actually be given the opportunity to go to college.”

Restrepo has had a Miami offer for over a year, but his connection with Miami heated up when Manny Diaz became the head coach.

“I was originally recruited as a defender with Manny Diaz as the defensive coordinator, so when he became the head coach, it was kind of like ‘You know, this is actually good.’”

Restrepo is not ready to shut down his recruitment and stop visiting other schools, but has nothing planned right now. He does, however, know that he is going to be down at Miami very soon.

“I should be up there either this weekend or the following.”

Now that Restrepo is committed, he is turning his focus to recruiting other players to join him at Miami.

“You know I’m trying to get whoever I can down there, but from my team personally, Rooster, Jaylan Knighton. He’s one heck of a football player so that is for sure somebody that I would love to have as my teammate for more years.”

One of the biggest questions in Restrepo’s recruitment is where he will play at the next level. While that is currently still up in the air, Restrepo was actually originally told by UM he would play defense.

“My 10th-grade year they were recruiting me for strong safety or nickel, kind of that drop-down safety. Now they’re saying, ‘We just need you anywhere’. I’m willing to play wherever I can. Wherever can get me on the field as a freshman.”

Committing to Miami was the second big decision Restrepo has made this offseason. The first one was the decision to transfer from St. Thomas to Deerfield, in part so he could graduate early.

“I know players over here, and they are just good people. They are not just good football players; they welcome you very, very well.” Restrepo said. “It's been awesome. It truly feels like a family. I feel at home, no matter where I’m at.”

One of the ramifications of Restrepo transferring to Deerfield is that he is going back to playing both offense and defense after focusing solely on the attacking side of the ball at St. Thomas. In fact, Restrepo likely would not have gotten the green light to commit had he not been playing defense.

“For sure, without a doubt. That actually came up in the conversation we had.”

And his message for Hurricane fans everywhere?

“It’s great to be home. I’m a Miami baby, born and raised. I’m excited. I need them to be as loud as they can once I step into the stadium. There’s going to be a lot of great things to be watching and cheering for in the 2020 season.”

Edit:
Restrepo wanted to clear up what he meant about future visits. "My recruitment is shut down at this time. I'm not looking for any other schools or to visit anywhere. My heart is in Miami."
 

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Late last night, news broke that Deerfield Beach’s Xavier Restrepo had given a verbal pledge to Manny Diaz and the Miami Hurricanes. For Restrepo, it was a dream come true to commit to Category20.

“The feeling is indescribable. It's just an amazing feeling. I was in my parent’s room, and we were just on the phone, and I could just see the look on my parents’ faces. We’ve accomplished what we needed to accomplish. Obviously, now is the time. This is where it starts, all leading up now. It’s been a crazy journey, and it’s exciting to say I’m finally from the University of Miami.”

One of the people most excited by this news was Restrepo’s mother.

“She’s a very young mother and her reaction - it was unexplainable. The look on her face was just ‘Wow’, because I’m the first person in my family to actually be given the opportunity to go to college.”

Restrepo has had a Miami offer for over a year, but his connection with Miami heated up when Manny Diaz became the head coach.

“I was originally recruited as a defender with Manny Diaz as the defensive coordinator, so when he became the head coach, it was kind of like ‘You know, this is actually good.’”

Restrepo is not ready to shut down his recruitment and stop visiting other schools, but has nothing planned right now. He does, however, know that he is going to be down at Miami very soon.

“I should be up there either this weekend or the following.”

Now that Restrepo is committed, he is turning his focus to recruiting other players to join him at Miami.

“You know I’m trying to get whoever I can down there, but from my team personally, Rooster, Jaylan Knighton. He’s one heck of a football player so that is for sure somebody that I would love to have as my teammate for more years.”

One of the biggest questions in Restrepo’s recruitment is where he will play at the next level. While that is currently still up in the air, Restrepo was actually originally told by UM he would play defense.

“My 10th-grade year they were recruiting me for strong safety or nickel, kind of that drop-down safety. Now they’re saying, ‘We just need you anywhere’. I’m willing to play wherever I can. Wherever can get me on the field as a freshman.”

Committing to Miami was the second big decision Restrepo has made this offseason. The first one was the decision to transfer from St. Thomas to Deerfield, in part so he could graduate early.

“I know players over here, and they are just good people. They are not just good football players; they welcome you very, very well.” Restrepo said. “It's been awesome. It truly feels like a family. I feel at home, no matter where I’m at.”

One of the ramifications of Restrepo transferring to Deerfield is that he is going back to playing both offense and defense after focusing solely on the attacking side of the ball at St. Thomas. In fact, Restrepo likely would not have gotten the green light to commit had he not been playing defense.

“For sure, without a doubt. That actually came up in the conversation we had.”

And his message for Hurricane fans everywhere?

“It’s great to be home. I’m a Miami baby, born and raised. I’m excited. I need them to be as loud as they can once I step into the stadium. There’s going to be a lot of great things to be watching and cheering for in the 2020 season.”
Thank you Matthew! Great write up! OUTSTANDING! Excellent commitment!
 
Quite a refreshing take and sometimes we forget these are kids, can't imagine the joy he must feel. Never got "the" offer I wanted, so it is awesome when a young buck appreciates it and that comes out. He will be one of my favorite recruits.
 
Yet he is not shutting down his recruitment

Yup. This is why I said "seems" and "let's see how things shake out." Long way to go. It's definitely better for him to have us out front than in the rear view.
 
BUT if we $hit the bed this year he’s wants to have other options so I’m sure he will listen to a few others schools in case. I’m sure that what he “really” meant.
 
They just don't want to read...
I read this

Restrepo is not ready to shut down his recruitment and stop visiting other schools, but has nothing planned right now.
 
What an honor it is to wear the "U" on your helmet. The whole nation knows the "U" stands for quality players and teams and has to be respected.
Exactly, it is, that is why these local kids spurning us all the time is absolutely disgusting. They don't value a Miami football scholarship? What freaking planet do I live on man.
 
Restrepo wanted to clear up what he meant about future visits. "My recruitment is shut down at this time. I'm not looking for any other schools or to visit anywhere. My heart is in Miami."
Macho called it and even said that kid would recruit and possibly be Class Ambassador. We haven't had one of those since DJ and Lo in back to back years. We missed out on that last year.
I wish that he and Chaney would take the reins. We have Donnell next year, so we Gucci then!
 
What position do y'all think he will play here?
Man, I'd like to see him be Bandy 2.0 and play the Slot on D here. He has that Honey Badger look and swag about him. Those measurables speak Slot to me. Slot on the other side of the ball wouldn't hurt either. Freshman year, put him on Special Teams, especially Punt Returns and see if he can block any. I believe that I read that he's had 7 so far.
 
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