This week’s MNPS MVP Xavier Dangerfield – Haynes Middle School
When meeting Xavier Dangerfield one might say that his quiet demeanor could be confusing to his opponents when playing defense for Haynes Middle School. That’s because his actions as a cornerback speak loudly on the football field.
“My goal is to set a good tone for football season,” Dangerfield said. “I believe I have started off great, and want to continue this momentium the entire season.”
Dangerfield, an 8th grader, has watched and played the sport ever since he was large enough to carry a football. As he got older his interest in football turned to more than just watching the game, it turned towards the playing positions and techniques. He often treated college and professional football games like watching football film for his next game, and began increasing his knowledge of the game and position as a cornerback. He pays close attention to Nashville native Jalen Ramsey.
Ramsey, an alumus of Brentwood Academy, was drafted to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round during his junior year at Florida State University. Ramsey is currently in his fourth season with the Jaguars and plays the cornerback position.
“If Ramsey can come from Nashville and play all the way to the professional level, I believe I can do it, too,” he said.
Dangerfield also says he draws inspiration from his father who played sports as well. His father discusses the games with him and offers advice on what ways he can improve. In addition to football, Dangerfield maintains A’s and B’s and plays tenor saxophone for his middle school band.
“It has been a pleasure coaching Xavier,” said Quincy Ingle, Haynes Middle School head football coach. “Coaches don’t often have the luxury of coaching players like him. He steps up without being asked, always gives more than 100 percent in the classroom as well as on the field. Xavier is a model student and Haynes Middle School is lucky to have him.” #MNPSMVP