Texas A&M makes most of spring game opportunity with Xavion Alford
Last weekend’s one-two-punch of Texas A&M’s and Texas’ spring football games drew plenty of attention from and to the recruits attending both. 2020 defensive back Xavion Alford was among those that made it to each in the midst of what was a very busy weekend.
After the Aggies rescheduled their game for Friday night, Alford made it a point to be there. After the Longhorns’ game on Saturday night, he was in Dallas competing with Fast Houston in the National 7v7 TrueBuzz Tournament on Sunday.
“I liked A&M, I like what they’re doing with the defense,” he said. “I really want to see what they’re going to do this season with Erick Young coming in, Brian Williams, the rest of those guys and seeing what they do in the secondary. Defensively, I like what Coach Elko is trying to do and I like what I saw from what they’re doing offensively.”
Alford had to leave the game in the third quarter, but said that his experience was a complete one. After not having been in College Station since A&M’s last junior day in February, he said the return was what he was looking for.
“It was cool, it was really like a family thing out there,” he said. “They really wanted me to come - I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it out there on that Friday … I liked the game and the whole visit, they really rolled out the red carpet.”
Even after some weather in Austin on Saturday, Mother Nature cooperated for Texas’ spring scrimmage on Saturday. The Longhorns’ guest list benefited from maintaining its original Saturday time slot without having to compete with A&M to host recruits.
Alford said that even though some of the players he was looking forward to seeing at Texas were dinged-up, it was good seeing some other players he’s been close with for years getting some significant action.
“Texas has a whole bunch of new weapons coming in with Bru [McCoy] and Jordan Whittington,” he said. “Most of the starting DB’s were hurt, but defensively, Jalen Green and D’Shawn Jamison on the backside, they were doing good and I like what Texas is doing in their secondary, too.”
Now, Alford is ready to turn his attention to his own spring football season at Shadow Creek, and said that he’s looking forward to having the coaches visit him, rather than the other way around. He added that in addition to the Aggies and Longhorns promising stops by his school, he’s looking forward to seeing Florida, LSU, Oregon and USC make appearances as well.
In the meantime, it was mission accomplished for A&M when it came to its latest rendezvous with Alford. He’s still not quite ready to release a list of top teams, but he said that the Aggies shouldn’t worry too much about where they stand.
“A&M is definitely in my top schools,” he said. “I have a list of top schools in my mind, I just haven’t posted anything yet. I’ll be watching them closely during the season. I’ll be narrowing down schools to see who will be in the final five and then take those officials this fall.”