The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.) place-kicker/punter Scott Demler had visited Virginia Tech one time prior to the official visit he made last weekend. The first visit came last summer, shortly after the 6-1, 190-pound prospect attended camp at James Madison University. As soon as he arrived in Blacksburg, he knew then that Virginia Tech was where he wanted to go.
“I was actually at JMU with one of my recruiting coaches. There was a camp going on then. A Virginia Tech graduate assistant was actually there,” Demler said. “My coach handed him my highlight tape and I told him that I was going to be at Virginia Tech on whatever the date it was. I asked him to give the coaches a heads up. When I came on campus, Coach Cavanaugh gave me a warm welcome. I just loved it. My dad used to play linebacker at Penn State, so I had been there before. I had been to Notre Dame, Clemson, Wake Forest, Pitt and South Carolina. As soon as I stepped on Virginia Tech’s campus, I just loved it. The first thing I saw was the stadium and I was like, ‘Wow’. Then I toured the other facilities and they were all just incredible.”
The feeling he had on the summer visit returned immediately upon arriving in Blacksburg last Friday. On Sunday, he told head coach Frank Beamer that Virginia Tech was where he wanted to be. Demler chose the Hokies over full scholarship offers from a handful of 1-AA programs and walk-on opportunities at other 1A schools.
“On Sunday, I had breakfast with Coach Cavanaugh and the other recruit he had brought in,” Demler recalled. “After that, each of the recruits had one-on-ones with Coach Beamer. He was just talking about the program. I told him Virginia Tech was my dream school and that I wanted to come there. He jumped out of the chair and shook my hand.
“I actually am going in as a preferred walk-on. If I win the kick-off job, I could have a scholarship by January of 2009. The coaches want me to be the starting kick-off guy next year. Hopefully, I’ll be able to compete for the field goal position. I also maybe could be the pooch punter. I can punt in two different styles. One of the styles, I can spin the ball in different directions. After Brent [Bowden] leaves, I also want to try to be the punter. I know I could definitely...
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