Virginia Tech Offers Kicker as Preferred Walk-On

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As a kicker, Clover’s (SC) Nicolas Sciba has made the rounds just to draw attention to his abilities. That doesn’t always come as easy as any other position on the field.

But over the past two weeks, Sciba made his way around camps at Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Alabama and Clemson. He left with preferred walk-on promises from the first two schools and a full offer from the Demon Deacons.

The three that have given him some type of offer all have similarities. And any day now, he hopes to have a decision on where he’ll compete for a starting collegiate job.

“I really want to come to a place I can start my freshman year,” Sciba said. “I feel like it’s important to play for four years. Then, a good education and something close to home. Those are the three main things.”

Sciba kicked at the Hokies’ kicking camp on June 9. An offer for a preferred walk-on spot came just a few days later, his first.

“It’s a nice school,” Sciba said. “Coach (James) Shibest, he’s a nice guy. I won the field goal competition and they felt they needed to offer. They had faith in me and believed in me. I was excited because that was my first offer.

“They were, before anyone else, they were the first ones. But I still have to take into consideration a walk-on versus a full scholarship.”

Shibest, Sciba’s recruiting coach, has stood out a bit to the kicker because of his recruiting approach.

“He’s a really nice guy, a great coach,” Sciba said. “He coaches tight ends, too. He’s a lot like Coach (Wayne) Lineburg. He cares about his specialists. He talked to me one-on-one after the camp. He still wanted to bring me in and talk one on one, even though they weren’t ready to offer yet. A lot of coaches haven’t done that.”

Lineburg has been the only coach thus far to make a full offer. Sciba camped with the Demon Deacons today and left with the offer.

“I really like Wake and it’s a great place,” Sciba said. “All the coaches seem to be really nice. The kicker they have is graduating and he’ll be gone when I come in.

“Coach Lineburg a really nice guy. We actually have a few things in common. He has a younger daughter and I have a sister the same age, so we connect. He takes care of his specialists. Sometimes they can be put to the side, but not with him.”

And the Gamecocks