Last Saturday night, hours after receiving an official scholarship offer from head coach Frank Beamer, Giles (Pearisburg, VA) place-kicker Cody Journell made no secret of his intentions…in all likelihood, he would commit to Virginia Tech and he would do so soon. The 6-0, 175-pound rising senior followed through, giving the staff his pledge last night.
Journell, who is the fourth high school senior to commit to Tech’s 2009 class, received an offer from Coach Beamer after turning in an impressive performance at Tech’s senior camp.
“On Saturday, I went over to Tech for camp and kicked at one o’clock in the afternoon,” Journell recalled. “Coach Beamer brought me in afterwards and said he wanted to give me a full scholarship. I called them on Sunday night to commit. I knew Coach Hite wouldn’t be in his office, but I didn’t want to leave them hanging. I called him and left a message saying I wanted to go ahead and commit and play ball.”
Virginia Tech is the program Journell has followed since his childhood, so there is no question that this opportunity is a special one.
“It is like a dream,” Journell said. “My family would go to every home game when I was about five years old. When I was little, I wanted to be out there playing like those players were. I have that chance now, and to have a full ride and not have to pay for college is a dream.”
A first-team all-state selection last season as a junior, Journell made 10 field goals including one from 54 yards. At Tech’s camp, he booted a 55-yarder from off a tee and a 50-yarder from off the ground. The 55-yarder was impressive, as Journell says it hit the top of the net after it soared through the uprights. The 50-yarder may have been more impressive, though, as Journell had never kicked off the ground before Saturday.
Journell is looking forward to kicking 50-yarders in front of Tech fans for four years.
“I’m both excited and nervous about the opportunity,” Journell said. “I’m excited to get the opportunity to show 60,000 people what I can do.”
A good student, Journell carries a 3.4 grade point average and has scored a 1020 on the SAT (math and verbal sections combined).
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