NORFOLK (WAVY) – Upon receiving the phone call of his life, Oshane Ximines had to try and calm down family and friends, who were screaming with joy.
More than 24 hours after becoming the first player in Old Dominion history ever selected in the NFL draft, Ximines says he’s still on cloud nine.
“I still can’t put it into words,” said Ximines, who was taken in the third round with the 95th overall pick by the New York Giants.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end started all but one game over four seasons, recorded 33 career sacks, and 12.5 sacks over his senior year. Both are school records.
Not only does he have to a chance to fulfill a life-long dream, but he has a chance to do it back home. Though Ximines grew up and attended high school in Ahoskie, North Carolina, he was born in Queens, New York.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I’m just excited to get up there and compete.”
Less than 24 hours after hearing his name, his teammate, receiver Travis Fulgham, became the second Old Dominion player ever taken in the draft.
Fulgham, who caught 63 passes for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns last season, was selected in the sixth round with the 184th overall pick by the Detroit Lions.
Other notables out of ODU, running back Jeremy Cox signed a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, and receiver Jonathan Duhart, who also recorded a 1,000-yard season, will join Fulgham after signing a contract with the Lions.