Virginia Tech’s staff first started pursuing Manheim Central (Manheim, PA) place-kicker Justin Myer “about a “month and a half ago” according to Manheim Central head coach Mike Williams. The 6-1, 190-pound senior accepted a recruited walk-on spot with the Hokies in early January, choosing Tech over a scholarship offer from Division 1A Temple as well as Maine, William & Mary and others.
“He is absolutely going to Virginia Tech. There is no question about it. You couldn’t change his mind in 100 years, I’m sure of that,” Williams said of Myer, who served as Manheim Central’s place-kicker each of the past two seasons. “He will be a preferred walk-on. If he wins the kick-off job, he’ll be on scholarship in January.”
As a senior, Myer made four of 10 field goals including one from a school-record 47 yards, a kick that Williams says cleared the goal post by 10 yards. While Myer hopes to eventually get a chance to win the place-kicker job, he is being brought in initially to take over the kick-off duties.
“His forte is his kick-off ability. That is what he is coming in to do, so I think that will take some pressure off,” Williams said. “Virginia Tech is one of the best, if not the best, in special teams. They do everything well. I think that is why Justin is so excited.
“His kick-offs averaged about 75 yards towards the end of the season. In high school, we kick from the 40 and he puts so many balls outside of the end zone. Since the end of football season, he has actually improved. He is a raw talent, so accuracy is not what you expect at this point. With a little bit of grooming, I think he’ll be fine. He has a powerful leg. He is also a good athlete. He runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He works hard in the weight room. He is strong and he does well in there.”
Myer took an official visit to his future school last weekend and had a great time.
“I really don’t have one moment that is my favorite. I enjoyed it all,” Myer said. “I got to check out the academics. I met with a professor in the Business department. I got to meet Coach Beamer and that was really cool. I had a lot of fun.”
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