Xavier Thomas, a 6-foot-5 forward from Brother Rice in Detroit, became the first commitment for Toledo men’s basketball’s 2023 recruiting class. The All-Catholic High School League selection averaged 13.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists as a junior in helping lead Brother Rice to a 15-7 record.
Two weeks after Clemson finished last football season, coach Dabo Swinney was in his office trying to figure out how to replace senior defensive ends Xavier Thomas and K.J. Henry when there was a knock at the door. It was Thomas. He shared a secret that made Swinney shut his notebook and smile. ...
The Post and Courier
CLEMSON — For K.J. Henry, his decision to return to Clemson for a fifth year was somewhat straightforward. Kept out of spring football in 2021 due to a knee injury, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound edge-rusher wasn’t his old self heading into the fall. It wasn’t until the second half of the season Henry accepted as much and recalibrated, collecting four of his 4½ sacks in the final six games. If he gave it another year at Clemson, fully healthy, Henry could display his best self over a full season and boost his NFL stock. Simple logic.
Clemson defensive end Xavier Thomas met the media last week. The primary takeaways are below. "Just complete the goals I want to this year and become the player I want to be. The people that believe in me, prove them right. And the people that don't, prove them wrong." —...
Raleigh News & Observer
CLEMSON, S.C. — Xavier Thomas was a little anxious before he announced he was returning to Clemson for one more season. And it had nothing to do with the decision to go pro or come back. Instead, he worried if Dabo Swinney could keep it quiet. Thomas told Swinney...
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Only a few weeks ago it appeared that Xavier Thomas and KJ Henry had played their final games at Clemson. The Tigers would still have Myles Murphy at defensive end, but little other proven talents at the position. Now we know that not only will KJ Henry return, but so will Xavier Thomas:
Clemson received a significant shot in the arm on Saturday evening when defensive end Xavier Thomas announced on Twitter that he'll return for the 2022 season, a fifth year. Thomas considered entered the NFL Draft following the 2020 season but ultimately chose to return to Clemson for a fourth season. The expectation was that Thomas would turn professional after this past season.
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CLEMSON, S.C. — The Clemson Tigers will return one of their most impactful defensive players in 2022. Senior defensive end Xavier Thomas announced Saturday night that he will forgo the NFL Draft and come back to Clemson for his fifth and final season. Thomas was a third-team All-ACC selection...
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COLUMBIA -- Clemson was without starting defensive end Xavier Thomas for Saturday night’s regular-season finale, a 30-0 win against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium. Thomas was unavailable because of a hamstring injury that happened the previous week against Wake Forest. He had played in every game this season, nine starts, with 3.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss among his 26 total tackles. ...