By Chris Hays | Orlando Sentinel
2:55 AM EDT, June 29, 2010
It usually takes a lot to impress college football coaches. The best impressions easier to make if a player has lots of video footage.
Unfortunately for Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley wide receiver Xavier Pierre Youngblood-Ary, he almost has as many names as he does touchdown catches.
Not very often can a receiver easily tell you how many times he had balls thrown his way. For Youngblood-Ary, it's easy.
"12," he says.
And how many did you catch? "Nine, with five touchdowns," he said.
OK, so if you are going to be limited to 12 clips, they better be good and apparently they've been good enough.
Youngblood-Ary, the No. 42-ranked player in the Sentinel's 2011 Central Florida Super60, received his latest college football scholarship offer from Big 10 Northwestern, and has five offers total, with the others being Navy, Memphis, FAU and Middle Tennessee State.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder recently attended a 2-day camp on the Chicago campus of Northwestern, and he felt pretty good about his performance.
"I was pretty excited," he said about receiving the offer. "I was kind of expecting it, but I wasn't sure whether they would do it or not. It was a great camp. We got to go around campus talk to coaches and stuff. Not only is it Big 10 football, but they have very strong academics.
"With the academics and stuff it's one of the most prestigious schools. I like some other schools too, but [Northwestern] is up there. They throw the ball a lot and then the academic part, I really liked that."
Without much game film to see, the coaches relied more on technique and desire to evaluate Youngblood-Ary.
"They really liked my work ethic, they mentioned that," Youngblood-Ary said. "They also said I had good feet and good hands and they liked the way I move and keep my eye on the ball ... and I'm coachable."
So doesn't a player grow bored after a while, standing out there as a talented wide receiver watching a bunch of handoffs?
"I wouldn't say bored .. I just want the ball," Youngblood-Ary said, "I don't get bored of blocking and I don't mind the blocking at all ... I just want ball and my school doesn't throw the ball a lot, but the times did throw it, I caught it."
He has great hands and also a 29-inch vertical leap to get him over the top of smaller defenders. He also runs a 4.56 40-yard dash.
As for other schools contacting Youngblood-Ary, he said Rice has shown some interest.
"Rice may offer as they see me a little more," Youngblood-Ary said. "We're going to try to go to Rice and see what they have to offer. I think me and my dad drive down there."
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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