When studying the tape on Miami Hurricanes, wide-out (athlete) Xavier Restrepo, the key is potential. It is simple to see the skill, the young prospect brings. A toughness to his yards after the catch. Clean hands when catching a pass, and grittiness to his play style. A grit that you wouldn’t be surprising, if turned Restrepo, into a household name. I sat down with the playmaker and got to pick his brain. Asking him what he felt his best attributes are as a player? if he ever felt pressure playing in the ACC? and who he is outside the locker room?
“To me, I think it is my toughness that I bring to the field. That and my willingness to get the job done. I don’t shy away from contact with the ball in my hands. I feel like I can score from anywhere, and I know I can be a playmaker. You have to have a swagger playing offense, and I have that. I fit in a ton of schemes. When you watch me play, I think you can see that I am versatile. I feel like I can do a lot on the field for the team. I can catch passes out wide, or over the middle. I don’t mind playing in traffic. I also have that speed to separate routes. In the ACC you will play against some of the best defenders, so you have to be smart in your play. I am that kid. I can also take a handoff and do something with it. I don’t mind taking a direct snap if I had to. I will do whatever they need me to do on the field. I also can return punts and kickoffs. Play all special teams if need be. I enjoy doing it, I do. I feel like the more you can do, the better at this level and the next. Really if they needed me too I would go out and play defense. I don’t care”
Moving forward he spoke on his take playing in the ACC? as well as the person he was away from the field?
“As I said earlier, you have to have a swagger playing in the ACC. The guys here are ballers. Every week you will face some of the best players in the country. You have to be ready. Mentally and physically. Playing in the ACC is all about your grind. You have to get to work every day. You have to strive to be the best you possible. Sounds corny I guess, but it is so true. You need to be the best version of yourself here. In college football in general you have to be great. No matter your job, you have to be great. That is what I try to be, and that is what the team does. As far as who I am outside of football, you could say a family guy. I spend tons of time working out and studying. For school, or on the football field. I want to be the best me, and that starts with my family. I love them, and they are a big part of my success. I have some close friends that I consider family, so outside of football you will see me with them or talking to them. I like to chill. Have a good time but chill still. I don’t go around trying to do anything dumb. I focus on what I can control, playing in the ACC. Keeps you away from stress. Keeps you focused and ready.”
I like to end every interview by asking you to check the tape. Restrepo is no different. He has all the tools you look for when searching for athletes. He can make the big play in the passing game and has the grit to him that gives him toughness. He is also versatile and can help his team. Restrepo will be a player we will be hearing about every week soon.