2014 Recruit: O'Shane Ximines

Inside ECU Sports had a chance to speak with Hertford County High School (Ahoskie, N.C.) defensive end/linebacker O'Shane Ximines about his offer from East Carolina. Here's what he had to say.

Oshane Ximines, DE/OLB, 6-4, 225 lbs, Hertford County High School, Ahoskie,NC

Interview transcript

When did you get your offer and which coach gave it to you?

"I went for a visit on February 18th, I had been in contact with (Offensive Coordinator) Lincoln Riley, but (Head) Coach Ruffin McNeill gave me the offer when I was on my visit."

What did you know about ECU before you received your offer?

"I knew they were in Conference USA and had heard they were moving to the Big East," O'Shane said. "I went to the game against UTEP last season and got a nice feeling while I was there, it seems like a great school with a lot of spirit, especially behind their football team."

After what you've heard, what do you think about ECU in general?

"I feel like it's a great school and I haven't heard anything less than that," O'Shane said. "When I visited I liked how nice the facilities and stadium were, it made me feel like I was at home."

How did your junior season go at Hertford County High School?

"We went 8-4 this season and lost in second round of the playoffs," O'Shane said. "I feel like I played really well, I had 65 tackles and 14 sacks."

What are you going to be doing this off-season and what are you working to improve on?

"I really want to focus on improving my explosiveness and flexibility; I'm attending the Under Armour combine in Richmond April 13th."

What is your best asset as a player?

"Best asset would be my mental game, all the athletic stuff is great but if you can't keep it together mentally then it can all go to waste."

On a scale of 1-10 what is your interest in ECU?

"My interest in ECU right now is a seven or eight out of 10," O'Shane said. "It seems like a great school and I enjoyed my visit, I'll be visiting again on April 20th."

Signing day is far away, but when would do you see like to make your decision?

"Right now I'm debating whether I want to really get deep into recruiting; I'd like to keep my mind set on a state championship for my school next year."

Final thoughts

O'Shane Ximines finished his junior season with 65 tackles and 14 sacks; he's a talented defensive end with good size and speed. After speaking with him, it seems as though he has a solid grip on the mental aspect of the game. O'Shane could be a good addition to an ECU team that prides themselves in their complete package student-athletes. O'Shane's confidence in his mental game should help to get more coaches interested in his services as signing day approaches. So far his offers include Old Dominion and ECU.

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