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Cass Tech CB Xavier Goldsmith bonds with Michigan DB coach

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It is no secret that Detroit Cass Tech High School is a hotbed for quality football talent. Top-flight colleges have long scoured the campus grounds in search of college football’s next star. In recent years, Cass Tech has seemingly produced Power Five cornerback after Power Five cornerback.

The next recruit to enter the pantheon of Cass Tech’s elite defensive backs is class of 2019 defender Xavier Goldsmith, a 5-foot-8, 150-pound corner with tremendous technique for a prospect at his stage of development.

“It started real early, and I hope to finish out good,” Goldsmith told Today’s U of his recruitment. “It’s been going really well. A lot of schools and coaches are interested, and after the season it will pick up even more.”

Over the offseason, Goldsmith stayed busy by working out with a contingent of players from the Detroit area. When he was not getting in work of his own, though, Goldsmith attended camps at Boston College, Syracuse, Penn State and Maryland, which is where his best performance came.

“I really liked Maryland a lot,” Goldsmith said. “I got some interceptions and I really enjoyed kicking it with the defensive back coach a lot. He’s a real cool person. The defensive back coach is coach [Aazar Abdul]-Rahim, and he is a real cool coach. We got some time to spend with him. He taught me a lot of new techniques. He’s really cool.”

As it stands now, Goldsmith sports offers from Army, Cincinnati, Howard, Jackson State, Kent State, Morgan State, Temple and Toledo. Therefore, the Cass Tech product does not currently have an offer from the Terrapins. Goldsmith has remained in contact with the Maryland program; another school to show considerable interest at this early juncture is Michigan.

Over the weekend, Goldsmith attended Michigan’s BBQ at the Big House and broke down his time in Ann Arbor for the high-profile recruiting event.

“Really it was overall really good, but I liked the beginning where we did the scavenger hunt with the coaches,” Goldsmith said. “We really got to spend time with the coaches and just have fun at the same time, going around the campus. When the barbecue started, I got to sit down and talk to coach [Brian] Smith and coach [Michael] Zordich. So, we really had fun.”

Coach Smith is new to the program, so Goldsmith paid close attention to what he heard from the recently added member of the Michigan staff:

“Coach Smith seems like a really good coach. He’s had a lot of experience with different levels like the NFL and UMass, so obviously he knows what he’s talking about. He’s been with players like Darrelle Revis, so he knows what he’s talking about. He seems like a real cool coach. When I got to sit down and talk to him, I could believe everything he is saying because he has experience that most people don’t have.”

Goldsmith added that first-year Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown is “real cool too.”

Once the season begins, Goldsmith says he plans on taking visits to Maryland, Arkansas, Oklahoma and the major in-state schools, Michigan and Michigan State. Look for other schools to step up with offers once his sophomore highlight tape is disseminated to various programs.

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