He still has two more high school football seasons after this one and no offers yet. But a transfer in schools could change that soon.
Class of 2019 athlete Xavier Kane made the move from Christiansburg (Va.) to Blue Ridge School (Va.) in August. Kane, who was on hand in his old stomping grounds Thursday, to see Virginia Tech’s win over Miami, said he can already see a few changes that have helped him.
“Oh man, it’s definitely different being out in the middle of nowhere,” Kane said of Blue Ridge. “I think it’s really benefitted me, because you’re forced to focus. You can’t just watch TV. You’re forced to develop a great working habit.”
Kane has attended multiple Hokies games through the past few years. He was on hand at the Ohio State season-opener last season as a recruit and also took part in one of Virginia Tech’s camps in July.
His moat recent trip provided a few reminders of why he’s long liked the Hokies.
“Just the atmosphere at Virginia Tech, the ‘Enter Sandman,’ you get chills when they come out,” Kane said. “To see that program is moving forward is great. And Coach (Justin) Fuente is an amazing coach and so is Coach (Bud) Foster. He’s the man. I love that atmosphere.”
Assistant coach Charley Wiles has stayed in touch with Kane and his uncle, former Virginia linebacker Dennis Haley. Wiles and the Hokies continue to show interest.
“They really haven’t said much,” Kane said. “But going to the camp this summer, they told me they wanted to see how I filled out and if I could put weight on in the next couple of years. Based on that weight, would be what they think.”
Early interest so far has also come from Old Dominion and Liberty. But Kane hopes his move to Blue Ridge, where he’s played quarterback, wide receiver and safety, will continue to pay dividends.
“For sure it’s helped with academics,” Kane said. “Those are amazing. You’ve got smaller class sizes and more individual attention. It helps a lot. They’re teaching you to love on your own before you go to college.”