Phoebus LB Xavier Adibi was part of the Army All-American game last weekend in San Antonio, Texas. The game, televised by ESPN, provided the top high school senior prospects with a chance to meet other top prospects while showcasing talent on a national medium.
While Adibi wasn’t able to play in the game due to injuries, he found the experience to be very fulfilling.
“It was a great experience, and it was an honor to be the only person in the state of Virginia chosen,” said the 6-2, 205 pound Adibi, who is rated as one of the top linebacker prospects in the country. “I got to meet a whole bunch of new people. Some of the guys I hung around the most were (NC QB) Chris Leak, (Alabama DL Tez) Doolittle, (Florida WR) Andre Caldwell, and (Tennessee WR) Adarius Bowman, who’s going to North Carolina. I also got to know another Xavier (Lawson-Kennedy), the defensive lineman from Texas.”
Adibi also met Virginia Tech commitment Tripp Carroll, who was not bashful about trying to push the outstanding linebacker to Blacksburg.
“He was always trying to get me to go to Virginia Tech,” laughed Adibi. “It was pretty laid back for most of the trip, but Carroll was saying subtle things everyday to try to get me to go to Virginia Tech.”
The injuries that kept Adibi from playing in the all-star game were injuries to his knee and shoulder suffered during his senior football season. He could have played if he pushed it, but decided not to take any unnecessary risks.
“My knee and shoulder were hurting me, which is why I didn’t play,” said Adibi. “I wanted to take it easy and prevent further damage. Everything will be OK.”
Adibi’s injury didn’t keep him from earning the national spotlight for a few moments. During the game, he was pulled aside to do one of the sideline interviews with ESPN. Everything went alright for his first ever national interview.
“When they first came up to me and asked for an interview, I was pretty shocked,” laughed Adibi. “I was like…OK. So I did it, and it went pretty good.”
Fresh off of his first national interview, Adibi now turns his attention to choosing where he will spend the next four or five years of his life. After a long recruiting process, he is ready to get things going and to finish things up.
“I’m pretty excited,” said Adibi, who will visit Maryland this weekend, Tennessee on the 17th, Virginia...
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