Earlier this week, assistant coach Mark Scott made a surprising trip to South Carolina. As it turns out, Scott - who is typically the lead recruiter in eastern Pennsylvania and New York - was there on a special assignment: find a talented specialist for the Mountaineers. He did just that, offering Seneca (SC) kicker Hunter Pearson.
"Coach Scott came to my school (Wednesday) to evaluate me and then he extended an offer soon after," said the 6-foot-4, 192-pounder. "I was surprised since I haven't had too much contact with WVU prior to the offer."
While Pearson handles multiple duties in the special teams department, he says the offer was as a kicker and that he could have a great opportunity to get early playing time in Morgantown.
"He talked about liking my size and frame, my leg, and personality," said Pearson. "He said that the current kicker will be a senior, so there would be a chance that I could get the job right away if I went out there and performed."
While playing time is important, Pearon says he will also be looking "for a school with a great staff, training and development program, and somewhere I can find a major that I'd like to study." He also holds an offer from Virginia.
Pearson is currently ranked as the No. 3 kicker by Kohl's Kicking. "He is close to challeng(ing) for the top spot on field goals and kickoffs in the 2018 class," Kohl's review. "The ball jumps off his foot and with continued refinement in his kickoffs, could very well be the best kickoff guy in the 2018 class. His punts were solid, his frame and athleticism are superior to most athlete(s)."