Chris Gould , a 6-0, 190 pound place kicker/punter from Central Mountain High School in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, has committed to Virginia. He is the eleventh commitment for the 2004 recruiting class.
“I have committed to Virginia,” said Gould (pronounced gold, as in the color). “I like UVA’s academics and the fact that they have a coach in Coach Brown who coaches only special teams. He works with the kickers and helps them. They have it all. The campus is beautiful. It’s a great place to spend my next four years.”
Gould made an official visit last weekend to Virginia, which helped him make his decision. He was hosted by Pennsylvania native and freshman tight end Jon Stupar.
“It was my first ever official visit,” said Gould. “It was a great visit. At the FSU game, the atmosphere was crazy. The fans were nuts the entire game. It was also a great experience meeting the players. I was hosted by Jon Stupar, and the high school he went to (State College) is actually our arch-rival. The whole visit was incredible.”
A versatile player, Gould handles the place-kicking and punting duties for Central Mountain. This season, he has made seven field goals including two from over 50-yards (53,54). He has made 17 of 18 extra points.
As a punter, Gould has averaged 38 yards per punt with a long of 58. According to Central Mountain High School head coach Steve Turchetta, Gould has been a true asset to his team.
“He’s an excellent all-around kicker,” said Turchetta. “He is the place-kicker and punter for us. He is also extremely athletic. He’s saved us a few times from opposing rushes. A couple of weeks ago, he avoided an oncoming rush, sprinted out and completed a pass. The pass went for 40 yards.”
Virginia likes Gould’s versatility as well. They have indicated he could compete at either place kicker or punter.
“The coaches told me that I have good versatility,” said Gould. “I’d have a chance to compete at either position.”
Gould chose the Cavaliers over Ohio State and Pittsburgh. He had offers from all three programs. His brother, Robbie Gould, is a junior place kicker for Penn State.
An excellent student, he carries a 4.0 grade point average and has scored over 1,000 on his SAT’s. He wants to major in Business Administration.
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