GLEN ALLEN, Va. (WWBT) - Bo Kite was looking for the program that would allow him to play the most “bigtime” football possible. On Wednesday night, the Deep Run quarterback officially decided which one of his 23 offers lived up to that standard.
Kite verbally committed to Army, taking his skills to West Point and the Black Knights' option attack.
“Of all the offers, they were FBS, [coaches] told me we’re going to play 11 Power Five schools over the four years that I’ll be there," the Deep Run senior said after making his commitment. “The brotherhood and everything that goes on there is what I really like.”
Kite’s 23 offers included interest from both Virginia and Virginia Tech, but those were preferred walk-on spots, and the staff at West Point made it clear that the Black Knights' interest in him was high.
“They were always in contact with me,” Kite said of Army. "Their head coach reached out a lot and then, thinking about down the line and my future, what ultimately they could do for me down the road.
The quarterback guided the Wildcats to one of their best seasons ever during his junior year, as Deep Run finished 2019 with a 10-0 regular season record and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. But his spring was cut short due to the pandemic, making the recruiting process extra complicated.
“I had to navigate through virtual visits,” he recalled. “I went up to visit some of the schools, but it was all on your own time and all you’d get was a FaceTime from a coach. You definitely didn’t get to feel for what the school was like with everyone there, but you still got a good idea.”
Not lost in the process was Kite’s best friend, the late Gabe Henderson. The relationship the senior had with his classmate had an impact on his decision as well.
“We were in my garage after we worked out when we got a call from Navy saying that he was going to get offered later on,” Kite remembered. “I knew that he wanted to go to one of the academies and that was a big factor in my decision as well.”
In addition to being the Wildcats' quarterback, Kite has won two state titles on the wrestling mat and is a lacrosse standout as well. He boasts a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Before departing for Army, Kite has some unfinished business at Deep Run, where he’ll take the field this spring for his senior season. It will a shorter, different campaign, but his goals haven’t changed.
“We’re going to win the whole thing.”
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