Boyce Feeling Good

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Xavier Boyce ‘s senior season ended prematurely after just four regular season games, as the 6-4, 210-pound safety/wide receiver missed the rest of the year due to a separated left shoulder. The Virginia Tech recruit has recovered from the injury, as evidenced by his play on the basketball court.

“He is healthy,” Landstown head coach Steve Canter said of Boyce, who did not have to have surgery on the injured shoulder. “He is playing really well in basketball right now. He is averaging about 18 points a game. He is doing really well.”

Listed as an athlete on hokiesports.com, Boyce has the potential to play wide receiver, safety or linebacker at Virginia Tech. He was being recruited primarily to play safety before the first two games of last season, when he showed off his ability at wide receiver. In those games, Boyce totaled 10 receptions for about 152 yards.

Boyce’s performance at receiver caught the attention of the Virginia Tech coaches, but Coach Canter feels his former star may start out on the defensive side of the ball.

“Since they originally recruited him so hard as a defensive back, I think he will probably start at safety,” Canter said. “I’m convinced he is an offensive guy, though. He played too well at wide receiver. If he goes in there healthy and ready to go and he gets a chance at wide receiver, I think he could play early.”

Academically, Boyce is in position to fully qualify.

“He is holding on academically,” Canter said. “The test score he has now is fine as long as he doesn’t slack. I think he is going to take the test again just in case, but if he keeps up his classroom work he’ll be eligible.”

Boyce is one of six high school seniors from Virginia Beach to sign with Virginia Tech in the 2008 recruiting class. He chose the Hokies over scholarship offers from Auburn, Clemson, Connecticut, Maryland, Northern Illinois and Rutgers.

Boyce primarily played free safety his sophomore season, but he played quarterback as a junior in 2006. As the starting signal caller, he passed for 1,200 yards and rushed for 370 more. He scored a total of 12 touchdowns.

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