Nation's Top Kicker Headed to WVU

West Virginia placekicking has been less than perfect in recent years, but the Mountaineer staff took a big step to rectify that when they landed a commitment from the Number 1 kicker in the nation, according to

Pittsburgh (Pa.) Plum High School four-star kicker Patrick McAfee (6-1, 200 lbs.), committed to West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez this morning.

"I was in his office this morning, and at 9:45 AM I gave him my commitment." McAfee said. "I'm going to call the staff at Kent State this evening and let them know I'm going to West Virginia."

Mountaineer holder George Shehl hosted McAfee, on his official visit. McAfee had a good time with Shehl.

"I can't believe a holder could be that popular with the ladies," laughed McAfee. "He had them everywhere we went."

The highlight of the trip for McAfee was his visit to the home of Rich Rodriguez.

"He has the biggest house I have ever seen," McAfee said. "It looked like something you'd see on MTV Cribs, it was awesome."

McAfee is taken back by his new found status as's top kicker.

"I'm just glad someone finally noticed," McAfee said. "My parents weren't going to let me got to the kicking expo, but now they are glad they did."

McAfee ventured to Miami (Fla.) last week for the OneonOne kicking expo, and a chance to work with world-renowned kicking coach Mike McCabe. McAfee nailed a 65-yard field goal and was named the camps outstanding kicker.

"The camp was very slow on that Saturday, I was wondering why I went," McAfee said. "Then on Sunday it was awesome, and I couldn't have been happier that I decided to go. There were a lot of big time schools there, and West Virginia offered me."

McAfee is a first team All-Conference performer. During his senior season he was 6-6 on field goal tries with a long of 48 yards, he had an 80% touchback rate. McAfee also handled the punting chores for Plum, and he averaged 43 yards per boot with a long of 76 yards.

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