"All the coaches that have offered Xavier have been really good guys," said Landstown coach Steve Canter of Xavier Boyce. "He ran a mid-4.4 in the 40 just two weeks before his surgery, so it's not that serious. It's nothing that will damage his career and there are no long-term effects. He'll do his rehab and he'll be ready to go.
"Apparently he has OCD, but it's fairly common. He got a chip in the bone in his knee and they just put two pins in it. We were told the recovery would be 3-6 months, but we're expecting him to be ready soon. Practice starts August 1, and we expect him to be ready. He's progressing extremely well."
Last year Boyce was Landstown's starting quarterback. That won't be the case this year. "We've got a guy that can really succeed that will play quarterback this year, so Xavier is going to play wide receiver and free safety. We think that's going to upgrade our football team. He's been bugging me about letting him play defense. Virginia Tech has come out and said they want him for defensive back, whether that's as a strong safety, a rover or a whip linebacker. There are a lot of other schools that want him as a quarterback, and some have said it's up to him." More offers might be on the way for Boyce.
"Rutgers was his latest offer and there are some other schools that have been waiting to see what his academic situation looks like," he said. "Last semester he had about a 2.7 GPA, and his cumulative is around a 2.5. That's what most people wanted to see. Maryland, Virginia and UNC have just been waiting on that to pull the trigger. Kansas State has been very interested too. They flew all the way out here to see him in May.
"Xavier was supposed to go to Virginia Tech last weekend but cancelled because of something to do with his mother. He was going to go to Virginia too, but there were transportation problems. I'm not sure he has a leader right now. I think he's just going to wait and hear who all is interested in him, take some visits and then make his decision."
Boyce is rated a three star prospect by Scout.com, and ranked the No. 62 receiver in the nation.