Diamond in the Rough: LB Xavier Felder

Xavier Felder is a 6’1 220 lbs LB. He attends Warner Robins High School in Warner Robins, GA. This season Xavier and the Warner Robins Demon football team finished with a 9-4 record, 1st place in region play by going 6-0, and a playoff berth. This season he recorded 40+ solo tackles and 60+ total tackles, and also had a couple of sacks. He is very physical downhill LB that can quickly sniff out the run and make the tackle and someone who can also get out in coverage. He has the ability to shoot through the gaps fast while being able to cover receivers down the field. We were able to and interview Xavier.

Having a strong support system is important. Being able to have people that you can turn to whenever things get tough or even for motivation is important for young athletes. Most times when an athlete has people that always support them, it makes them play better as a player.

“The people that have supported me are my dad, mom, Coach Anthony, Coach Revees.”

LB Xavier Felder – When asked about who has supported him along his journey.

Each player has different motivations for playing football. Having something or someone that motivates you as player, allows you to work harder to strengthen your craft.

“My best friend had died so that motivates me every day to do better and try to make it to college for him.”

LB Xavier Felder – When asked about what motivates him to play or get better.

Teams cannot win if they do not play as one unit or together. Playing football requires you to play as a team, not one individual can carry a team to victory. Being a good teammate is important to a team’s success.

“Somebody who is there for their brother all the time, picks them up, and knows how to be a coach on the field too.”  

LB Xavier Felder – When asked about what makes a good teammate.

Each season players look forward to something, rather it is playing a specific team or seeing how the team improved from last season. This season Xavier and the Warner Robins Demons were able go 9-4 and be first place their region. During the season they were able to go on a seven-game winning streak.

“I was hoping to get All-Region and hopefully go to state and win but we came up short.”

LB Xavier Felder – When asked about what he looked forward to going into this past season.

Every athlete has a moment where they fall in love with their sport. Each athlete has a starting point in their career.

“I started playing in about the 4th grade.”

LB Xavier Felder – When ask about what age he started playing football.

In order to get better as a football player, you have to study and watch some best players that play the game. To become a great football player, you have to learn and see what it takes to become great.

“I do not know. I feel like I have to get a lot better so I can model myself after somebody.”

LB Xavier Felder – When asked about who he would compare himself to or model game after.

This season made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball by recording 40+ solo tackles and 60+ total tackles this season. He was able to lead the Warner Demons to a playoff berth but even with the tremendous effort by Xavier all season long the Demons suffered a heartbreaking exit in the third-round of the playoffs.

“I learned that I got to try to put in a lot of hard work because we did not make it to state and so I felt like a part of me got to work harder and work on my flaws.”

LB Xavier Felder – When asked about what he learn about himself, and the team based off how this season ended.

Xavier is a senior in high school. He recently committed to play at Thomas More University.

“I plan on going to Thomas Moore and playing college football there.”

LB Xavier Felder – When asked about his plans after High School.

A lot of professional athletes played multiple sports growing up. Some athletes are good enough to even be recruited in multiple sports.

“Last year I wrestled, and I think about playing baseball or running track this year.”

LB Xavier Felder – When asked about playing other sports.