XPE Sports | The Science of SPEED
by James Eisenber |CBS Sports
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Shane Ray’s feet are moving quickly on this day. The defensive end from Missouri, who is projected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft and a potential top-10 overall selection, is jumping in and out of an agility drill with ease.
He’s standing on a turf field inside a giant former warehouse, which is located about two miles from the beach. But this isn’t a vacation — Ray is here to work. It’s well over a month before he will become a professional football player, but Ray wants to be ready. And a 40-year-old man, who has never played a down of football at any level in his life, is helping him prepare.
Tony Villani runs XPE Sports, which stands for Extreme Performance Enhancement, and he trains football players for the NFL Scouting Combine and throughout their careers. His current clients heading into the NFL Draft are highlighted by Ray and Vic Beasley, an outside linebacker from Clemson, who is also projected to be a first-round pick and a potential top-10 selection. His clients already in the NFL include Anquan Boldin, Mark Ingram, Mike andMaurkice Pouncey, Brandon Flowers and Byron Maxwell, among many others.