Overview: Xavier Walker is a senior who plays safety for Middle Tennessee State University. He started off his college career playing for Itawamba Community College, and while there he was awarded all-state and all-region honors. He has good instincts and knows how to make plays. During his career, he had 152 tackles — 102 of which were solo — and 2 interceptions.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Xavier, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Middle Tennessee State University?
XW: MTSU has always been interested in me since I first begin the recruiting process in high school. Due to me being ineligible, I had to go to JuCo. They stayed in touch with me and seemed to be the most loyal so my family and I felt like it was home for me.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by scouts?
XW: Staying focus[ed]. Don’t lose track of why I made it as far as I have. Acting as a professional is something I take pride it.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
XW: Strengths are that I’m 6’3 and lengthy. It gives me a lot of range on the field, especially from the safety position. Also I’m a former wide out so when studying film I break down the tendencies and schemes offenses like to do. My weaknesses I would have to say is working on finishing big plays to be an better asset to my game and team. I feel like I left a couple plays on the field that I know I’m capable of making. If I can minimize or eliminate that from my game then it would just make me a better player. I could also work on being a better tackler in open space.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
XW: I’m always striving to perfect my game. I highly believe you get what you give. I’m always seeking knowledge during and after the season whether it’s my own coaches or my trainers
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
XW: I just try to be the best player that I can be. I feel like I can always learn from other great vets like Kam Chancellor or Charles Woodson because I like their passion about the game. Overall it takes hard work and dedication.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
XW: “You’ve got it. You’re everything they want”
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
XW: I probably have to say Marshalls quarterback Rakeem Cato.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
XW: Nothing major just a prayer and music.
C: If could be any superhero who would it be and why?
XW: That’s a good one.
C: What was your favorite moment/play at Middle Tennessee State University?
XW: One of my favorite moments playing at MTSU was having the opportunity to play a SEC caliber team like University of Alabama. Growing up I always wanted to be an SEC guy. Not everyone gets to play an championship team and I’m just thankful for the opportunity.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Xavier Walker for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2016 draft prospect.
You can check out his highlights here
Follow him on Twitter: @Zay_Walker