December 8, 2011

Hokies nab walk-on punter

Virginia Tech hit the trail again this week. The Hokies extended a walk-on to a punter who quickly turned around and committed to Tech. According to his coach, he's a steal at the position.

"He just committed a couple days ago," Oakton (Va.) Flint Hill School head coach Michael Wright said of his punter, Hunter Windmuller. "He's going to Virginia Tech, he did a verbal commitment as a walk-on for next year. He's a preferred walk-on."

Windmuller had interest from numerous other colleges including Cornell, Richmond and more. What made him pick the Hokies?

"I think there are a number of things," he said. "I think he saw he could do a terrific job for the program and he really liked the school."

An all-metro kicker, it's expected the Hokies will look at him hard as a punter first.

"He can do both," he said. "He kicks the ball extremely well as a kicker and punter. He'll probably be used more as a punter for Virginia Tech. I think he averaged close to 50-yards a punt, I think he was around 48 last year. He was close to it. He can be exceptional.

"That is with hang time too. He can boom it and once he gets out there and gets in a groove, he'll do his thing."

At 6-foot-4, 180-pounds, Windmuller is a far cry from a prototypical punter prospect.

"He's extremely athletic," he said. "When he was first here we tried him at wide receiver and he's got terrific hands and great feet. He makes super cuts. He was one of our top receivers, but we discovered while he was playing other positions that he could kick. This year we let him do all kicking and punting and he helped us towards the state semifinals."

On top of that, Windmuller is a well-rounded student too.

"He's a straight A student at a rigorous academic institution and an extremely humble guy," he said. "He's a team-oriented guy first and extremely coachable. He absorbs things like a mop. He's also working towards being an Eagle Scout, he's a good man."

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