Xavier Kane was a dominant performer on both sides of the ball for the Blue Ridge football team last fall.
That talent didn’t go unnoticed by college coaches.
The Barons’ senior standout has signed to play college football at Campbell University. Kane visited Coach Mike Minter and his staff on the Buies Creek, North Carolina, campus and felt right at home.
“As soon as I stepped foot on campus, it had that feel that, man, I could be here the next four years and be happy, with or without football,” Kane said. “What was big for me was that it was a family atmosphere. Coach Minter was all about life after football.”
That atmosphere was similar to the one he’s had during his time at Blue Ridge. The senior was active in his school, both athletically and academically and believes Campbell offers a similar experience.
Kane received interest from a number of FCS and Division II schools, including Fairmont State, Charleston, Howard, Seton Hill, Culver-Stockton and Glenville State, but was intrigued by the opportunity with the Camels.
A two-way standout for the Barons the past two years, Kane is expected to focus on the defensive side of the ball at the next level.
“The coaches really liked the diversity of positions I play,” Kane said. “I’ll go in playing safety and/or rover, which is just a safety in the box.”
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior said the goal is to come in and try to compete for playing time right away, but is willing to wait his turn.
“With the new [NCAA] rule being able to play four games and then being able to redshirt, it’s hard to say,” Kane said. “It’s all about what I do once I get there.”
Outside of football, Kane plans to major in business with a focus in marketing. In addition, the Blue Ridge product plans to minor in homeland security as he plans to pursue a career in government sales.
Kane is ecstatic about the opportunity.
“It’s probably the most difficult of choices I’ve had,” Kane said. “It’s not only a four-year decision, but a 40-year decision in preparing you for life afterwards. There’s definitely a sense of relief, having my mind made up and knowing where I’m going to be in the next four or five years.”
Kane had a terrific career at Blue Ridge. He was a first-team, all-conference performer at defensive back and quarterback. This past season, Kane had 45 solo tackles, eight assisted tackles, 10 pass breakups and three interceptions.
“None of those stats are achieved without God himself,” Kane said. “The goals are simple — go in and make an impact for my team and help them win games. I would’ve been happy being able to play anywhere. Not everyone gets the opportunity to play at the next level, so me being able to play at the Division I level, I’m extremely blessed.”