For the past four seasons, Oshane Ximines has been a disruptor of opposing offenses at the college level for the Old Dominion University football team.
The defensive end also left his mark at the high school level at nearby Hertford County High School.
Ximines is projected to continue his football career as his name is expected to be called during the 2019 NFL draft in Nashville, Tennessee.
The first round of the draft was Thursday.
The second through third rounds are today and rounds 4-7 will be held Saturday.
According to NFL.com, Ximines is projected to be drafted either in the third or fourth round.
Other media outlets estimate that Ximines could be drafted in the second round.
Area high school football coaches remember facing the 6-foot-3 over 200-pound defensive lineman when he played at Hertford County.Ximines was a member of the Hertford County varsity football team during the 2012 and 2013 seasons as a defensive end.
Northeastern head coach Antonio Moore acknowledged that it is huge for a player like Ximines that played in the area to get the chance to be drafted.
Moore added that the area always had players that could play, not only at the college level, but in the NFL.
While at Hertford County, Ximines was a two-time all-Northeastern Coastal Conference performer.
“He represented the conference very well,” Moore said.
Moore, whose tenure as the head coach at Northeastern High School began in the mid-2000s, noted that Ximines was an athletic player that was quick on the outside.
Moore noted that Ximines was difficult to block and NHS ran plays away from the side of the line where Ximines lined up.
When the Eagles did run a play to Ximines’ side, Moore recalled that it would be a screen pass play.
John A. Holmes High School athletic director Wes Mattera served as the Aces head football coach during the time Ximines played at Hertford County.
Mattera, who is also currently the defensive coordinator for the Aces, remembered that Ximines carried himself like a Division I athlete.
On the field, Edenton’s strategy was to make Ximines read and make a decision.
Mattera credited former Hertford County head football coach Scott Privott and the Hertford County community for helping Ximines to have the grades and character to earn a chance to play at Old Dominion.
“Hats off to the people at Hertford County,” Mattera said.
Mattera also added that it’s great that another athlete from the 252 area code, which covers most of the northeastern part of the state, will get a chance in the NFL.
Tarboro has sent multiple players to the league with the most notable being Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (first round, No. 10 overall in 2015 by the St. Louis Rams), Southern Nash’s Julius Peppers was a first round, No. 2 overall selection by the Carolina Panthers in the 2002 NFL draft, while Northampton County’s Keion Crossen was drafted in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL draft by the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
If and when Ximines is drafted, he would join the group of high school athletes from the region drafted by a NFL team in John A. Holmes’ Zack Valentine (second round, No. 59 overall in 1979 by the Pittsburgh Steelers) and Wes Chesson (seventh round, No. 163 overall in 1971 by the Atlanta Falcons), Northeastern’s Anthony Smith (first round, No. 11 overall in 1990 by the Los Angeles Raiders) and Bertie County’s Jethro Pugh (11th round, 145th overall in 1965 by the Dallas Cowboys) and Travis Bond (seventh round, No. 214 overall in 2013 by the Minnesota Vikings).
If selected this weekend, Ximines could become the first player from ODU to be drafted.
Fellow ODU teammate in wide receiver Travis Fulgham is projected to be drafted either in the third or fourth round of the draft.
Ximines completed his career at Old Dominion as a two-time all-Conference USA first-team performer on defense.