Loves To Hit

Edgewater linebacker/safety Charles Pugh lights up when he talks about, well, lighting people up.

"I love contact, and I love to hit, said Pugh," who becomes very animated when talking about subjects on the defensive side of the ball. I can hit you, or I can cover you, or I can do both. I like blitzing from outside linebacker, but if West Virginia puts me at the spur or bandit I can cover you down the field too. And that's not all – if you catch the ball downfield, I can still hit you."

Readers should have the idea that by now that Pugh likes playing defense. He played it well enough to earn selection to All County and All Metro teams, and it was his effort that ended up being a big reason he attracted the attention of several recruiters, including those of West Virginia.

"I play 110% on every play, said the Florida native. "I give everything I've got. I never get up."

That's obviously a characteristic that was attractive to Mountaineer coaches, and led them to beating back the efforts of North Carolina State to obtain Pugh's commitment.

"North Carolina State recruited me hard, but I did what I had to do, and what was best for me," the aggressive Edgewater senior said. "I also talked with my parents about the decision, but they pretty much let me make the final call. They knew it was going to be my decision, because it is where I am going to be for the next four years, so they let me make the final call."

Pugh, who is also very quick off the edge, which makes him a dangerous blitzer, wants to work to improve his strength. He is currently playing basketball, and will also participate in track this spring (hurdles and high jump) but wants to get started on his strength and conditioning program.

"WVU will mail me all the information I need, so I want to get in the weight room as soon as possible," Pugh explained. "I am also going to try to come up over the summer and work out there as well.

The six-foot, one-inch 205-pound senior is interested in working in the health field. He says he has a 3.0 core GPA, and is scheduled to take the SAT on March 7th.

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