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’25 DL, and his returning teammates, look to stake a claim to 4A title

Xsavier Cleary (Big X) is one of Kentucky’s finest. According to Prep RedZone, “Cleary is a physical defensive tackle, exploding out of his stance and showing the strength to drive straight through opposing offensive linemen to cause disruption in the backfield. As a pass rusher, he does a great job of getting to the quarterback quickly and finishing with a ton of physicality. In the run game, he does a great job of stacking blocks and reading the play, then shedding them, quickly, to get to the ball. Once (Cleary) gets to the ball, he has proven to be a very reliable tackler in the open field.” We would whole-heartedly concur.

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Xavier Cleary broke onto the scene playing along Tilghman’s interior defensive front a couple years ago where a fumbled kick return may have cost the Blue Tornado a 3A title. The boys from Paducah would lose the title to a Belfry team in a championship match which looked like it would go to the team with the last possession. Owing to the fumble, the team with the last possession was not Tilghman.

Tilghman was 6-7 a year ago in its last tour of 3A football. Post realignment, the Blue Tornado will now be a 4A football team where the sledding figures to be a bit tougher.

Tilghman may have addressed this somewhat through transfer. KPGFootball has learned, and it has been adequately confirmed for us, that Martels Carter, Jr. has transferred from Chattanooga Brainerd to Paducah Tilghman.

Carter’s dad, Coach Martels Carter, Sr., resigned from the head coaching position in Chattanooga (reportedly for health reasons) and has moved to Paducah. Carter, Jr. is a four (4)-star safety and one of UT’s (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) top targets. Cartel is also among the top targets, at safety, for many other FBS, power-5’s.

Carter reportedly runs a 4.36-second, laser-timed, 40-yard dash. If so, this might make him the fastest prep football player in Kentucky history. Carter, Jr. will be a junior.

Needless to say, with what is returning, together with what has transferred in, Tilghman figures to be in 4A contention. “Big X” Cleary will be essential to his club’s contention.

Cleary is a physical defensive tackle, exploding out of his stance…

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Cleary is 6’1,” and tips the scales at a rock-yard 275. Last season, Cleary registered 58-tackles, 10-TFL’s, and 5.5 QB-sacks all while stationed down where double and triple-teams are the rule and not the exception.

Cleary is a fine athlete. In addition to football, Cleary in on Paducah Tilghman’s Track & Field team, one of Kentucky’s perennial powers in that particular sport.

Cleary has been ranked, by Prep RedZone, as the commonwealth’s second-best DL in Kentucky’s ’25 graduating class. Cleary is firmly on the recruiting boards at Louisville (UofL), Miami of OH, EKU, and Coastal Carolina. He will continue to gather interest and offers as the season progresses.

The prestige and publicity which comes along with ending one’s season on Kroger Field would certainly catapult Cleary’s notoriety and recruitment. Coach Thompson and his staff will see what they can do about that this coming season.

Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Paducah Tilghman’s, Xsavier “Big X” Cleary. 

This is Fletcher W. Long reporting (on his birthday) for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE and don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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