August 2, 2011

Keep an eye on McAllister



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The 2013 class in Ohio has no shortage of outstanding prospects along the offensive line. Canton (Ohio) McKinley product Xzavier McAllister is a player to watch at the position and the 6-foot-5, 325-pound prospect was one of the top performers at the Ohio State camp back in June.



"I did pretty good," said McAllister of his performance. "I enjoyed their camp and I learned a lot of new things with techniques and things like that."



To this point, McAllister has let his high school coaches handle most of the recruiting attention that has been directed his way but he did grow up following a pair of Big Ten schools.



"I always watched Penn State and Ohio State growing up," he said.



The Canton McKinley program has seen numerous prospects play their college ball at Ohio State over the years and McAllister lists the Buckeyes as the school that has shown the most interest so far. The Bulldogs have another Ohio State target on their offensive line in class of 2012 senior tackle Kevin Mills. Mills has taken McAllister under his wing over the last two years.



"He helps with my pass blocking," he said. "He just tells me to stay inside and watch the inside."



Another thing that has helped in McAllister's development has been the competition he faces every day in practice. Over the last two years, McAllister has routinely gone up against a pair of outstanding defensive linemen in class of 2011 Ohio State commit Steve Miller and class of 2012 Michigan State commit Se'von Pittman. McAllister and Pittman have already had a few battles this summer during mini camps.



"I just think that's going to make me a better player," he said. "I don't see myself going up against anybody that's as good as (Pittman). He's really good."



Over the last year, McAllister has made tremendous strides with his conditioning and has shed quite a few pounds of bad weight. This year, people will see a lighter, quicker McAllister on the football field and he's continuing to work hard to transform his body and improve his overall athleticism as well as his mental grasp of the game.



"I'm working on my speed more than anything," he said. "I'm trying to get better with our zones and our pass blocking schemes."







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