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Modesto Christian football star transferring. Here is where he is headed and why.

Modesto Christian’s Xavier Carlton, left, celebrates with Patrick Garcia after Garcia’s touchdown against El Capitan in September.
Modesto Christian’s Xavier Carlton, left, celebrates with Patrick Garcia after Garcia’s touchdown against El Capitan in September. aalfaro@modbee.com

One of the top football players in the area is transferring out of state.

According to Front Row Preps’ James Burns, Modesto Christian junior Xavier Carlton is leaving the school and will enroll at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, Utah, a town 20 minutes south of Salt Lake City.

Carlton’s new school won back-to-back Utah state titles in 2016-17.

Carlton’s mother, Lorraine, received a job offer that required the family to relocate and the idea of the 6-foot-7 defensive end Carlton staying at the Salida campus wasn’t an option.

“We’re a family unit,” Lorraine told Burns. “I’m not going to leave my son out here to live with friends. We’re a family unit and the plan is to move back to Salt Lake City.”

It had already been an eventful offseason for Modesto Christian before the Carlton news.

Mike Parsons resigned as head coach in early January and Ryan Green was named the new coach on Jan. 22.

Green’s son, Beau, left Downey after the fall season and has enrolled at MC but hasn’t officially transferred through the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section website.

Carlton, a Bee All-District honoree in 2018, had 81 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, and 6.5 sacks.

He has 25 offers and is a four-star prospect by 247sports.

Carlton’s father, Demetrius, played at Utah.

Wednesday is the first day football teams can begin spring practice.

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Julian A. Lopez has been covering local sports for The Modesto Bee since August 2018. He graduated from Arizona State in 2016 with a BA in Journalism.

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