A day after Bobby Lawrence gave Missouri its third offensive line commitment for the 2018 class, the Tigers added a fourth: Xavier Delgado, a 6’5, 300-pounder from Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Ariz., announced his commitment on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, he officially signed.
The text of Delgado’s announcement (minimally punctuated, in pure social media style), found in the tweet above:
This journey has taught me one thing NEVER QUIT my sophomore year I questioned of this sport was meant for me almost quit football I worked and worked and I never thought this would be a reality. NEVER let a person tell you what you can and can’t do. No man can curse what god has blessed and the lord blessed me with this opportunity. I want to thank my Mom, Dad, Coach Ramos, Jennifer, Scott Peters, my friends for always believing in my ability. A new chapter, a new beginning im extremely excited to announce i will be attending UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI!!!! #Mizzou
Per the 247Sports Composite, Delgado is a low-three-star prospect; he had made official visits to Arizona State, Iowa State, and Oregon State and boasted an offer from Arizona as well. But after a visit to Columbia this past weekend, he elected to go play in the SEC.
Watching his highlight film, I’m guessing what drew Mizzou’s coaches to Delgado was his feet. They’re pretty quick considering his size, and in his film he shows the ability to get out and block smaller, quicker defenders on screen passes.
One thing we know for certain: Barry Odom looks for size up front. No “get ‘em skinny and put weight on them” approach here, no “trade height for technique” approach either. The four committed OLs for 2018 average nearly 6’7 in height, and all four are listed at 300-plus pounds. All four of last year’s signees were listed at 6’5 or taller. JUCO transfer Yasir Durant, who became a starter halfway through the 2017 season, is 6’7, 340. Big boys, all.
Xavier Delgado: also a big boy. WELCOME, XAVIER.