6-4, 200-pound Landstown (Virginia Beach, VA) prospect Xavier Boyce is expected to be in Blacksburg this Saturday for Virginia Tech’s second senior camp. Boyce may not participate, but just getting a visit is key for the Hokies as another program has emerged as the current favorite.
“Obviously, Virginia Tech has offered,” Landstown head coach Steve Canter said of Boyce’s recruitment. “Auburn, Marshall, Northern Illinois, Clemson, U-Conn and Rutgers are his other main offers. He has said he is kind of favoring Northern Illinois right now. [Former Landstown head coach and current Northern Illinois running backs coach] Chris Beatty has done a great job recruiting him. He is also supposed to go to Virginia Tech on July 14th. I know he still likes Virginia Tech a ton.”
While not a major 1A program, Northern Illinois should be considered a serious contender here for several reasons.
“Coach Beatty has done an excellent job recruiting him, so going back with the relationship they have has a lot to do with it,” Canter said. “Xavier said he could make an immediate impact, too.”
Boyce has racked up some impressive offers, but his off-season has not gone as planned. He was suffering from a bone chip in one of his knees and doctor’s inserted two pins in the knee. He had the procedure done on May 4th and the rehabilitation timetable is 3-6 months.
Boyce expects good news this week, when he returns to the doctor’s office.
“He goes back to the doctor on July 12th. He should be a full go after that,” Canter said. “I’m going to ease him back into things, though. It’ll be good to hear that he can run and jump like before. He is ahead of schedule, but I still expect him to be sore. I’m not counting on him being 100-percent right away.”
Boyce primarily played quarterback last season as a junior. He did well, but he will not be the projected starting signal caller this upcoming season. Instead, he will have a chance to show off his athleticism and skill at several other...
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