NORFOLK (WAVY) — Oshane Ximines first started playing football when he was only six years old. Ever since, his dream has been to play under the bright lights of the National Football League. This weekend, the four-year defensive end at Old Dominion University will be one step closer to making that dream a reality.
“I’ve been waiting my whole life for draft day, and to finally see it here, I don’t even know how to feel,” said Ximines, who is expected to be the first Monarch ever selected in the NFL draft.
Most projections have Ximines hearing his name at some point during the second round, but there is a slight chance he could hear his name late in the first round. Whenever that moment comes is fine with him.
“I can’t call my own name,” he said. “Just going to wait and see who believes in me, and whoever believes in me is going to get my all.”
Ximines gave nothing less every time he put on a Monarch jersey. A 6-foot-4, 250-pound terror, Ximines set school records in career sacks (33) and sacks in a season (12.5), even though he was the guy every defensive coordinator penciled in as the playmaker ever game.
“We’re talking about a season where he’s been double-teamed, he’s got a tackle-tight end blocking him, he’s got a tackle or a back coming out, he’s never been left alone in one-on-one situations,” said Bobby Wilder on the “Old Dominion Football Show” back in October.
Whoever drafts Ximines will not only get a top-tier talent, but someone driven by nothing short of greatness.
“I want to be the best,” said Ximines. “Everything I do, every single day is to be the best.”
Travis Fulgham and Oshane Ximines put Old Dominion on the college football map with their stunning upset of Virginia Tech in 2018, their invitations to the Senior Bowl (the first in school history) and Old Dominion’s first bowl game win.
This week, they have the chance for another check on that storied list: Being the first players from Old Dominion to have their names called at the NFL Draft.
But their roads to Old Dominion couldn’t have been more different.
Fulgham, the son of diplomats, lived around the world before walking onto Old Dominion, hoping for a chance to impress the coaches. Ximines committed to Old Dominion and stuck with it, despite being highly recruited from bigger programs his senior year.
“He could have gone somewhere else, but he stuck with his commitment,” Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder said in NBC Sports Washington’s ‘I Am The Prospect’.
Ximines is now slated to go No. 59 to the Indianapolis Colts in the latest edition of the NBC Sports Washington mock draft. Fulgham, as the Virginia Tech team learned with his game last season, isn’t one to sleep on either.
Ximines, who threw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game this week, told News 3 WTKR that he was just trying to stay relaxed heading into the big event.
“Half the time I just have to be like Shane just relax man, we’ve been working our whole life for this, he told the TV station. “I’m going to be on a whole new football team come August, and I’m going to be in a camp.”
His college coach’s advice to his pro prospects was simple.
“Just do what you’ve done over your career at Old Dominion,” Wilder told them. “And you’ll be fine.”