Special (Teams) Addition

West Virginia received pre-signing day gift on Monday evening, as Strongsville (Ohio) punter Nolan Ross committed to the Mountaineers as a preferred walk-on.

Being a special teamer doesn't always equate to national limelight on the recruiting circuit, but that doesn't diminish the value of that prospect.

Strongsville, Oh., punter Nolan Ross committed to West Virginia on Monday, taking advantage of a preferred walk-on offer from the Mountaineers.

"I have officially committed to play football at West Virginia University," Ross announced via Twitter. "Couldn't have done it without everyone who has supported me."

Ross, (6-4, 195 lbs.) visited West Virginia on several different occasions this past season. The Mountaineers presented a great opportunity both on and off the field.

"West Virginia is a great college, with a good business school," he described. "When I visited for the first time it felt like a good fit. The atmosphere during the games I went to were unlike any other."

Despite entering the program as a preferred walk-on, Ross hopes to earn a contributing role.

"I'm going to come in and work as hard as I can," Ross said. "Hopefully in the future I can play some football for WVU."

Ross who was also considering Cincinnati, Minnesota and Maryland, enjoyed a successful senior season at Strongsville.

He had 45 punts for an average of 38.9 yards and earned first team all northeastern Ohio honors. He was also selected as the punter of the year in that region.

He joins University High School (Morgantown, WVa.) kicker Billy Kinney as preferred walk-on specialist in the class of 2014.


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