DITR: Xavier Havis

Xavier Havis is a Class of 2024 6’4 205lb. OLB and WR out of Albertville High School in Albertville, Alabama. With a 3.3 GPA, the Albertville native is an All-Region outstanding player with versatility to adjust anywhere on the field at Linebacker, Receiver, and even Safety. Running a 4.6, Havis has had incredible experience in the Wide Receiver position since starting his freshman year at Albertville. Now entering his senior year, Havis plans to ride out his last season as an All-County athlete and dominate for what’s to come with the Albertville Aggies. With great size and strength on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, Xavier exerts great momentum that becomes an unstoppable force on the field. With interceptions and countless tackles, Havis claims the edge is his and no one can get past him. This is a true Diamond in the Rough under Head Coach Bert Browne that any collegiate program in the next level would love to enhance and work with. In a 1-on-1 interview with Xavier Havis, the OLB and WR explains what it took to get here and his plans moving forward:

When did you begin playing football and why are you so passionate about playing this sport?

I started playing football when I was 5 years old, and I like playing football because it takes my mind off of everything and it makes me feel calm. I did play basketball all the way up to this past year, but I can now fully commit to football.

How does your size and strength make you a stand-out athlete and dominant force on the field?

The way I can move around the field, like I play Linebacker, but I can play Safety at the same time.

Describe a time when you had to make a difficult decision during your early stages of your football career.

I would say the sacrifice you take sometimes; I was playing a football game one time and we had to go on a beach trip, but I had to decide if I wanted to play and stay the rest of the game or go with my family.

How do you handle criticism or feedback from coaches and teammates as a team player?

I listen to everything coaches say. Without constructive criticism, you will never get better.

What are you looking forward to most for this upcoming season with the Aggies?

I am looking forward to all the wins we are going to have. Coach Browne is doing great, and I am just ready.

What are your dream schools and what will they get out of you as a player and young man?

My dream school would be University of Alabama, and they would get a young man who listens, a hard worker, and gets anything done that they ask to do.

What is your favorite accomplishment or football memory thus far in your career?

My favorite accomplishment would be from my freshman year when I got an interception at the other goal line, and I ran it for 98 yards, it was a great run.

What does your offseason look like? What are you doing every day to get stronger?

 My offseason I come to school, work out, and have afterschool practice. On a regular basis of getting stronger I go home, do pushups, and go outside to hit my weight bench.

Tell me how you ended up as Outside Lineback and Receiver and why those positions ended up suiting your athleticism perfectly.

I started off playing Running Back all the way through middle school and they tried to move me to Wide Receiver and that worked out pretty well. Whenever I got to my freshman year, I started as a receiver for Varsity and moved to Outside Linebacker my sophomore year then it just felt like home to me and where I belonged.

What are some short term and long term goals you have set for yourself as your senior season is approaching?

I made All-Region, and I would like to make All County and All State for the upcoming year. My goal is to have a very successful season for me and my team. 

Who serves as a role model to you and why?

My dad because the stuff he has been through only shows me that no matter what I go through, no matter the hard times, he made it happen so I can too.

 If you could go back and give your younger self any piece of advice right now, what would it be?

Have faith in Jesus.

What are the challenges in being a part of a rebuild process with your coaches and teammates? How do you tune out the negativity?

You just got to listen to what the coaches and what those people are saying. At the end of the day, everybody is going to have opinions, but you never know how someone is until you actually meet them. I really think that our coaches are going to do a great job.

On the top of your head, rank the top 3 priorities in your life right now.

First is school, then football, and my family.

Lastly, what inspires you to give your best every single day?

I want to make a name for myself. I want to start a new generation for my last name, put on for my city and provide for my family.