"Ready To Go"

Draw up a picture of the ideal qualities for a football safety, and WVU commitment Nick Kwiatkoski has all of the elements, according to his high school coach.

"He's an extremely hard working young man. He's fast, and if you throw the ball up he's going to go get it. He's a physical kid, and a mean, tough hitter."

Certainly, high school coaches are often effusive in their praise of their players. But just a few moments speaking with Bethel Park High School coach Jeff Metheny would have most listeners convinced that Nick Kwiatkoski is a player of impact.

Metheny, who is a West Virginia native, is familiar with the style of player and the level of toughness that the Mountaineer coaching staff wants, and he believes his star free safety is a perfect fit at WVU.

"He's ready to go," Metheny noted. "He has a great attitude, and he's a good student and a team player. One thing that stands out about him is that he never complains, no matter whether things are going good or bad. He's always working hard, and he's just a great kid. I'm really proud that he chose West Virginia."

Metheny's ties to WVU go back to the 1990s, when current coaches such as Bill Stewart, Bill Kirelawich and Dave McMichael were on the staff.

"I know them all because I worked with them. They are good character people, and they are honest with the kids through the whole process. They care about the kids, and it shows. When they are recruiting them, during camps and any other time they are in contact with them, you can tell they care. And they will get kids to play hard for them."

That shouldn't be a problem for Kwiatkowski, who displays dogged aggressiveness for Bethel Park. He plays safety for the Black Hawks -- a position from which Metheny can unleash him on foes.

"We play him there because he just goes and gets the ball. He's a smart player, and very physical. If you put him down in the box, he's not going to miss many tackles.

"West Virginia will probably start him out as a safety, but he could easily move down to spur or bandit, and even grow into one of their stack backers," said Metheny, displaying solid knowledge of WVU's defensive scheme. "He's 6-2, 215 pounds, and he can jump and he's very athletic. I think he's a great fit for WVU."

Kwiatkowski is the eighth confirmed commitment for West Virginia to date.


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