Special Teams Standout Accepts Walk-on Spot

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When Sherando (Stephens City, VA) long snapper/place-kicker Lukas Stump left Virginia Tech’s camp on Saturday, he said, “I felt like I did great out there. I just gave it my best shot.”

The Tech staff, led by primary recruiter Kevin Sherman was impressed with the 5-11, 195-pound prospect. Although Tech is not offering an official scholarship, they did offer a spot on the 2010 roster. Stump, a rising senior, accepted.

“I talked to Coach Sherman [yesterday] and he said I could be a Hokie no matter what,” Stump said. “If I want to commit, I would be part of the team, whether it is as a preferred walk-on or whatever. They would work it out. I told him I wanted to be a Hokie.”

Stump, who grew up in Blacksburg before moving with his family to Stephens City, has wanted to be a Hokie for a long time. A big-time fan of Virginia Tech’s, he attended games throughout his childhood. He is especially excited that, as a member of the special teams, he’ll get to work closely with head coach Frank Beamer.

“I’ve always wanted to work with Coach Beamer,” Stump said. “That’s great. He has been a role model of mine.”

Stump reflected further on Saturday’s performance. Although he has potential as a kick-off specialist, he worked out as a long-snapper in front of the Tech coaches.

“At the camp, Coach Hite and Coach Beamer seemed really interested,” Stump said. “They are real good people. Coach Beamer said I have good speed on the ball. He said I could probably improve my accuracy, but he liked the speed I put on the ball.”

As a junior last season, Stump hit on six of eight field goals (including scrimmages) including a long field goal of 43 yards. He consistently booted kick-offs into the end-zone, but for now he projects mainly as a long-snapper at Virginia Tech.

“Virginia Tech is mostly recruiting me for long-snapper, but they said I could maybe work on kick-offs,” said Stump, who snaps on the punt team for Sherando. He learned long snapping at the age of seven from his father, who played long-snapper at Radford High School.

The talented special teams prospect also played tight end and defensive end last season, but next year he’ll probably stick to special teams.