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.
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.