Landstown Star Makes Choice

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A change of plans for Xavier Boyce meant for very good news for Virginia Tech, as the 6-4, 200-pound standout free safety recruit verbally committed to the Hokies earlier this afternoon. The Landstown (Virginia Beach, VA) product had considered waiting until the fall before making a commitment, but after talking it over with his high school coaches he decided to go ahead and pledge to Virginia Tech.

Boyce is the 17th rising high school senior to commit to Virginia Tech for the 2008 recruiting class.

“I committed to Virginia Tech,” said Boyce, who informed recruiting coach Curt Newsome of his decision at about 2:30 this afternoon. “I called coach Newsome and he was very excited. I don’t think he knew I was calling to commit. He just asked how I was doing. I told him I was committing and he seemed very excited. He said he can’t wait to get me down there to play with the Hokies.

“I had been thinking about [committing] during the week. I had my mind made up before, but I didn’t want to rush anything. Talking to my coaches really made me see that this is a good decision.”

A 3-star prospect and’s 19th ranked player in the state, Boyce chose Tech over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Northern Illinois and Rutgers, among others. He did not rule out the possibility of visiting other schools this fall and/or winter, but he says “Right now I’m focused only on Virginia Tech.”

Boyce is happy to have his recruitment behind him.

“After I made my decision, it relieved me a little bit,” Boyce said. “Now I can focus on my senior season. My mom is happy too because she wanted me to go to Virginia Tech.”

Boyce has been thinking about committing to the Hokies since last month, when he attended Tech’s July 14th camp.

“I started seriously thinking about committing after I came from the visit,” Boyce said. “I wasn’t expecting to see what I saw. It shocked me. Virginia Tech is a real good school. The players were real cool. They were all relaxed and I just chilled with them.”

Boyce, who is being recruited by Tech as a