Strong (Legged) Interest

West Virginia continues to look for kickers to augment its future rosters, and a prospect from a border state made his third trip to the Mountaineer campus last weekend in a renewed demonstration of interest.

Cody Hovatter of Mountain Ridge High School in Frostburg, Md., previously traveled to Morgantown for a rising senior camp in the spring and for the Liberty season opener in 2009. On the latter trip, he purchased a ticket and attended on his own, but for the East Carolina game was on an unofficial visit.

"We got to see the locker room, and the inside of the facilities building," said Hovatter, who gathered more information about WVU and the football program on his visit. "We got to watch the whole pregame from the field, and that was really cool. Standing down there on the sidelines was great. I also got to meet and talk to the coaches again."

West Virginia certainly has interest in the strong-legged Hovatter, who said he has a consistent effective range of 45-50 yards on field goals.

"I watched the kickers in the game, and try to pick up things from them," he noted. "We kick off from the 40-yard line in high school, but from there I average anywhere from the goal line to the back of the end zone. Usually, I will get a touchback."

Adding the ten yards for college, where kickoffs come from the 30, would still put Hovatter's boots deep, and he thinks that he can improve upon that as his senior season progresses. He has "four or five" touchbacks so far this year for Mountain Ridge, and is confident in his leg strength.

"I haven't had a field goal attempt so far this year, but I have kicked a 60-yarder in practice," he noted.

Given his three visits to WVU, it's a fairly simple matter to devine which school sits atop his list of interest.

"West Virginia is my number one school right now. I am hoping to get an offer from them, and if they would, I am pretty sure I would commit," he said. "I've gotten some letters from Maryland and Villanova, and from some smaller local schools, but West Virginia is my favorite.

"I think I have a chance to get an offer. At least I hope I do," he continued. "Coach Jeff Casteel has visited my school, and the coaches told me they would be following me this year, so we'll see how I do during my senior season."

As a junior, scored 50 points and recorded touchbacks on 47 of his 57 kickoffs.

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