Though the signed letter of intent came two days after National Signing Day, Graham (Va.) three-star athlete Xayvion Bradshaw had long had a connection with the current Virginia Tech staff.
His father – two-time Super Bowl winner Ahmad Bradshaw – played at Marshall, where assistant coach JC Price was on staff. When Xayvion was a sophomore, Price offered him a scholarship as a legacy. They’d built a relationship, and when Price came back in the picture early last month, it picked back up. Now, Xayvion said he’s excited to join the Hokies later this spring and to continue the bond he’s built with Price.
“He had a bond with my dad,” Xayvion said. “I remember one day being out for breakfast, dad said Coach Price was on the phone and he offered me. Then a few months later, Coach Price walked in and introduced himself and it just clicked. From there, it’s just been like family.”
Xayvion, Rivals.com’s No. 28 player in Virginia for the 2022 class, said he’s eager to get to know Coach Brent Pry better as well. He officially visited Virginia Tech on Dec. 11 with many of the other signing class additions and said he spoke at length with Pry.
“As soon as I got there, as soon as Coach Price walked in, he was telling us about Coach Pry,” Xayvion said. “He hadn’t quite signed as head coach yet, but he was in the conversation. With Coach Price recruiting me and Brody (Meadows), he told us what was going on. I looked up [information] about Coach Pry, and he was telling me stuff. Once I got there, I was hearing about how they’re family and every coach knows each other. I remember going out to eat, and we just bonded when I was there.”
“That’s really what I thought about the day I committed,” he said. “(Meadows) actually signed at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium, then came back home. We knew where he was going, but that day was memorable. It was more thinking, we’re going to the same college. We’ve known each other since we were 7 or 8, always went to the same school. We played on different pee-wee teams, but we’ve always been brothers. We also played AAU basketball together. He’s always been big bro. He just stands out. It’ll be...
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