One things for certain, through it all you can’t keep the smile off Max Oxendine’s face.
After a senior season filled with ups and downs, the Thomas Dale do-it-all defenseman and running back has decided to take a prep year at Fork Union Military Academy.
At 6-1, 190 pounds, Oxendine made plays every which way for the Knights. On defense he was a tackling and pass break up machine at strong safety, and on offense, particularly at the beginning of the season, Oxendine made some explosive plays for the Knights at running back.
When it was all said and done, Oxendine was awarded 6A first team all-state defensive utility and second team all-Conference 3 running back.
Four weeks into the season, Oxendine tore his labrum in his shoulder. Thanks to his therapist, Kelly Nixon, Oxendine was able to play through the injury for most of the year and continues to get stronger. Knowing that his injury hindered some of his recruitment, Oxendine knew Fork Union would be his best option.
“A lot of the schools that were recruiting me heavy fell back due to this injury and I feel as if when I go to Fork Union and I put some extra weight on and hit the weight room hard those injuries will not be a factor anymore,” explained Oxendine.
In general, Oxendine hopes to find the right school for him by taking a year at Fork Union first.
“I chose this road to hopefully widen my variety in schools,” said Oxendine. “While going on visits for the scholarships and walk ons I received I really couldn’t find a fit, like a school I really fell in love with, I didn’t find that.”
Thomas Dale coach Kevin Tucker is excited to his player get healthy and receive the strong recruitment he deserves.
¨Fork Union is the right choice for him because it allows him to heal his shoulder and it reopens recruitment, I’ve had 10 to 12 Division 1 schools stop by this spring very excited that he’s going to Fork Union to continue his football career,” exclaimed Tucker.
Happy and now healthy, Oxendine should have an exciting year at Fork Union and recruiting process ahead of him.