Deerfield Beach High School product Xavier Restrepo was considered an underrated prospect coming out of high school. Standing at 5-foot-10 and around 190-pounds, Restrepo’s stature doesn’t provide much of an advantage, but his athleticism and explosiveness sure do.
Many experts have compared him to former Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Braxton Berrios. At Miami, Berrios was listed at 5-foot-9, 183 pounds, similar to Restrepo. Since many are making the comparison, Restrepo may feel some pressure. In 2017, Berrios started in eight games, had a total of 465 receiving yards and caught seven touchdowns in his final season at Miami. This sets a high bar for Restrepo.
Besides Miami, Restrepo was able to pick up some significant offers in high school, catching the attention of schools such as Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, and Texas. A few other power five programs offered the feisty receiver.
Restrepo, registered 48 touchdowns, eight interceptions, over 200 tackles, over 3,000 receiving yards, and over 2,500 rushing yards throughout his high school career. He also received some reps on special teams, mostly returning the ball. In total, he returned eight kickoffs for 283 yards. He also recorded 16 punt returns, which totaled for 130 yards.
Restrepo was rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN. 247Sports Composite pegged him as the No. 36 athlete in the country and the No. 621 overall player.
In 2019, Restrepo attended The Opening Finals, where he showed off his athleticism. His 40-yard dash clocked in at an eye-opening 4.58 seconds, with his vertical measuring in at 32.50 inches. Restrepo is a very capable athlete, who should be able to get the attention of NFL scouts.
With Restrepo’s broad skill set, he could see reps not only on the offensive side of the ball but also on special teams. As mentioned, Restrepo played special teams in high school and was an absolute playmaker. He’s capable of being on the special team’s coverage as well as kick return unit.
Offensively, Restrepo would best fit in as a slot receiver. This is where the comparisons to Braxton Berrios truly come to life. Restrepo, with his size, quickness, and dynamic playmaking ability in the open field, would most impact the game at this position. This season, Restrepo would most likely back up Mike Harley at the slot receiver.
Keep your eyes out for Xavier Restrepo, who’s expected to be one of the only true freshmen to make an immediate impact in the 2020 season.