November 17, 2010

Branthover sets the record straight

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Rumors are swirling that Virginia Tech has offered kicker Michael Branthover out of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder sat down with Hokiehaven.com to set the record straight.

"Virginia Tech came by about a week after Maryland offered me and told me about their offer," he said. "The situation is that Coach Beamer isn't sure on the kicking situation for next year and they want me to come in and try out as a punter.

"What they want is for me to walk-on my first semester of my freshmen year and then starting in the second semester they'd pay for everything on (put on scholarship), that's guaranteed. I sat down with the coaching staff to see what they could do for me and that's what they decided."

Obviously it's not exactly an offer for Branthover compared to the straight scholarship by Maryland. So, what does he think about it?

"I'm not sure yet," he said. "I'm keeping my options open.

"Maryland is right down the street from me and I want to see more of them. I've seen tours of Virginia Tech and everything. I have the 411 on what goes on there."

Branthover is already working out official visits in the next couple months.

"The Akron visit is on December 3rd, Maryland is on December 10th and Virginia Tech is on the 21st of January."

Outside of those schools, Branthover claims it's been pretty quiet.

In the meantime, the kicker plans to head back to Blacksburg next week when the Hokies host Virginia in the regular season finale. The two-star prospect is also eyeing a trip to the ACC Championship game potentially.

Previously, Branthover made no secret he was high on the Hokies, does he like anyone now?

"Everything is still the same," he said. "I still like Virginia Tech. They are a good program along with Maryland. I want to see how things turn out and they could play each other in the ACC Championship."

In terms of the season, Branthover has helped DeMatha to a 9-2 record and a championship bid on Sunday.

"From a team standpoint we had a slow start and losses to Gonzaga and Gilman," he said. "We faced a lot of adversity, but we're really strong now.

"From my standpoint, I'm doing what I can to prepare for college kicking, off the ground and with a one inch tee. I'm 6-of-7 on field goals with a long of 49 and I've put 54-of-67 kickoffs for touchbacks. I'm also 38-of-44 on extra points."

According to Branthover all three schools are looking at him to play both kicker and punter.

Brian Mohr has covered recruiting in the mid-Atlantic since 2004 and has covered Virginia Tech since 2006 for Hokiehaven.com. To contact Brian, please email him at brian.mohr@cox.net for questions, comments or tips, which are always welcome and appreciated

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