DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) place-kicker Michael Branthover enjoyed a big-time junior season, connecting on 57 of 58 extra points, seven out of eight field goals with a long of 44 yards and booting touchbacks 80-percent of the time. The 5-11, 180-pound rising senior, who also serves as the Stags starting punter, is looking for his first FBS scholarship offer.
“I’m getting interest from Virginia Tech and also from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas State, Cincinnati, a little bit from Rutgers and N.C. State,” Branthover said. “Mainly, that’s it for now.”
Branthover visited Virginia Tech earlier this spring. Head coach Frank Beamer and company are sincerely interested, but, barring a change, won’t extend a scholarship offer.
“I took a visit the last day of our Spring Break,” Branthover said. “The campus is beautiful. I couldn’t complain about anything. They are not planning on signing me because they only have a certain amount of full rides. As of now, I’m still being recruited by Coach Hite, but I’m not going to get a scholarship.”
If the DeMatha prospect were to come to Virginia Tech, he would have to earn a scholarship after entering as a recruited walk-on. Still, “I do have full interest in Virginia Tech,” Branthover said. “It’s a great school. It’s beautiful and it has a great special teams program. Coach Hite and Coach Beamer are people who care. That really stuck out to me and I’m excited about that. I’m not completely discounting Virginia Tech.”
This summer will be a busy one for Branthover, who just finished playing on DeMatha’s varsity baseball squad.
“I’m planning on making a calendar at the end of this week, but I’m planning on going to Kansas State and Nebraska and Virginia Tech in July,” said Branthover, who believes Kansas State could be close to offering. “Perhaps I’ll go to Pitt and Cincinnati and ECU. Most college coaches want me to kick in front of them on campus before they offer. During the summer, I’ll have great opportunities to do this.”
Branthover kicks off a tee at DeMatha, but he has no problems off the ground, either.
“I can kick off the ground as easily as I kick off a block,” Branthover said. “The only reason I kick off the block...
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