Hokies Add Good One in Wilcox

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One of Virginia Tech’s most valuable gets may have been Hermitage High School (Richmond, VA) punter/place kicker Andrew Wilcox. Wilcox, a 6-2, 200 pound prospect, is one of Virginia Tech’s recruited walk-ons for the 2004 class.

“He’s going to walk-on at Virginia Tech,” Hermitage Head Coach Patrick Kane said. “He’s going to be a really good prospect for them. He’s just awesome, and there’s no other word for him. Two of our games he was the MVP.”

As a senior, Wilcox averaged 45.4 yards per punt. He posted three punts of over 60 yards (61, 65, and 69), and had eight punts that were downed inside the opponents 20 yard line. As a place-kicker, Wilcox made 56 of 58 extra points and nine of 14 field goal attempts. On kick-off duty, he kicked 36 touchbacks his senior season.

For his senior year performance, Wilcox earned first-team All-State honors for both the place-kicker and punter positions. At Virginia Tech, Wilcox will have a shot to earn a scholarship as a punter or as the kick-off man. If he impresses the coaches his freshman season, he has a chance to earn a scholarship in January of 2005.

“The Virginia Tech coaches say if he does well his first year, they will give him a scholarship in January of 2005,” Kane said. “I would be shocked if he didn’t earn a scholarship. He’s going to be a real asset to the team. Punting is his specialty, but he is a great kick-off man. He could be the punter, the kick-off man, and the back-up placekicker, which gives the team tremendous versatility. It also enables them to free up a spot for another player because they don’t have to fill three different kicking positions.”

Wilcox has already been accepted at Virginia Tech. He is not sure what his major will be.