Pennsylvania Kicker Looking to Make Impression

A Pennsylvania punter and kicker who hopes to bounce back with a great senior season is being eyed by a number of Division 1 schools.

West Allegheny's Dave Brytus, who averaged 44 yards per punt as a sophomore, is anxious to get back on the field as a senior afer missing his entire junior year with a broken leg.

Brytus suffered the injury on his kicking leg just before the start of his senior season, when he was hit during a practice punting drill.

"I'm fine now," said Brytus of his health status. "I'm visiting some schools this spring, and I'll go to camps this summer to show everyone that I'm ok."

Among the camps Brytus intends to visit this summer are those at Purdue and West Virginia, as well as the MetroIndex Camp, which he attended last year as well.

In addition to those schools, Brytus has also visited Michigan, Pitt, Penn State and Kent State. He is also receiving interest from Iowa, Colorado and North Carolina State.

As of now, his top five are West Virginia, Purdue, Michigan, NC State and Iowa, in no particular order.

Brytus was impressed with West Virginia's facilities, which he toured on a recent visit.

"I liked it a lot," the 6-3, 215 pound punter said. "They have great facilities, and the weight room and stadium are fantastic. I had a good visit."

Brytus, who will both punt and placekick for West Allegheny this year, has an advantage over many kickers in that he has a coach at his school dedicated to kicking. Jim Littler, who kicked at California (PA) in college, works with Brytus frequently.

"He's a great coach," Brytus said of Littler. "He knows all the little things about kicking."

Brytus has yet to receive any official offers, but understands that most schools are waiting to see how he does this year.

"After breaking my leg, I know they want to see me kick at camp and on the field this year. But I'm fine, and I know I can get the job done. Most schools are just recruiting me as a punter, but I want to placekick as well."

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