Standout P/PK Takes Official to VT

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Conor Goulding ‘s recruiting card

Gulf Coast (Naples, FL) punter/place-kicker Conor Goulding was at Virginia Tech over the weekend, making an official visit and hoping for an official scholarship offer. The 5-10, 170-pound senior, a first-team all-district performer at punter this season, did not receive the desired offer but will have an opportunity to earn one should he choose the Hokies.

“The situation Coach Beamer laid out is that I would walk on, and if I become the starter at any position he would hook me up with a scholarship,” Goulding said. “I would have to pay for my first semester, but if I make it I would get the scholarship in January.”

Virginia Tech’s interest in Goulding initially is as a punter, although he would have opportunities as a place-kicker and kick-off specialist as well. Goulding averaged 43 yards per punt this season. As a junior last season, he averaged 41 yards per punt and pinned the opposition inside its own 10 fourteen times.

“He’s a weapon,” Gulf Coast head coach Frank Tudryn said of Goulding, who also went 8-8 on field goals his junior season. “One of the things that is unbelievable is the hang time he has on the ball. He is great at directional kicks and putting the ball inside the 20. As a junior, he won three games for us with his punting. Against Belen Jesuit, three times he punted it inside their five yard line in the second half. We were down by 10 points at halftime and rallied back to win the game. I felt those punts were vital to the turnaround.”

Virginia Tech is high on Goulding’s list, but the talented prospect has not made a decision on his college future just yet. He does not have a decision timetable but acknowledged something could happen soon.

“There are a couple of schools I’m still looking into such as Wofford and Colgate. UCF is still keeping in contact. I’m seeing where this goes, but I’m liking Virginia Tech a lot at the moment,” Goulding said.

The official visit went very well.

“I’d start out with the players and the environment,” said Goulding, who also made an unofficial visit to Tech for the Miami game earlier in the year. “I watched some practices. Down here, I’m the only kicker at my school.