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#PortalWatch: Former New Mexico State Defensive End Xander Yarberough Announces Transfer to USF Football

Coach Jeff Scott grabs a big defensive linemen from the transfer portal

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 09 New Mexico State at Ole Miss Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

USF football received a sizable addition from the transfer portal on Tuesday when transfer defensive end Xander Yarberough announced his intentions to transfer to USF football.

As a recruit coming out of high school, Xander was ranked as a two-star tight end from Roosevelt High School in San Antonio, Texas in 2017. In his junior year, he transitioned to the defensive side of the ball after not registering a catch as a tight end his freshman and sophomore season. His junior season saw him create havoc for the Aggies defensive front, where he accumulated 26 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks.

Had his 2019 numbers been on the 2020 USF football team, he would have ranked second in tackles and first in sacks amongst defensive linemen. New Mexico State did not play football in 2020 due to COVID-19, thus he did not record a stat last year. As a grad-transfer, Xander will have this one season in Tampa where the Bulls are looking to see improvement along the defensive front that struggled last year to produce.