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All-Madden Kicker Alex Louthan Pledges to WVU

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A new contender has added his name to the mix for West Virginia's kicking duties going forward.

Alex Louthan, named the IMG Academies All-Madden kicker/punter after his performance in the Bradenton, Fla. mini camp last summer, committed to join the Mountaineers as a preferred walk-on Sunday.

"I just really had a great feeling about West Virginia when I visited when they played their senior night against Kansas and I just loved the whole atmosphere and everything about West Virginia," Louthan says.

This is coming from a young man who lived in Wichita, Kan. Through his sophomore year of high school at Bishop Carroll Catholic before moving to Florida for a season with Cocoa High and ultimately landing for a senior season at Grayson.

In those years, he has found himself in pressure situations with teams that are ranked nationally, traveling to other states to play games in professional stadiums and on national television broadcasts.

Earlier this season, his team reached No. 3 in the USA Today Super 25 Poll after a win over the top-ranked Miami Central, but ultimately fell to a 10-2 record and a second-round playoff loss.

Louthan, listed at 5-foot-10, 205 pounds, began punting later in his training than he did kickoffs and field goals, which his dad began working with him on in eighth grade after years of playing soccer.

"Probably field goals would be my main strength," he says. "I have kicked up to 63-yarders in practice and I've hit a few 43-yarders in a game, so I'm really up to the task for field goals and kickoffs and everything, really."

His goal is to come in and compete immediately with this year's main contributors, Tyler Bitancurt and Corey Smith, both graduating from WVU.

"Hopefully when I step on campus, I can make a big impact on West Virginia and the Big 12 immediately," says Louthan.

Louthan says that in high school, kicking off from the 40-yard-line, he got many of his kickoffs through the end zone, with few failing to reach the goal line. He knows that at West Virginia he will be asked to do the same from five yards farther, but he believes with some time in the weight room, he can do just that.

"The fan atmosphere at the game and the weight room facilities, everything about the school," Louthan says of why he picked WVU. "I loved the campus and all of the school buildings and the academics are great, so I really want to be a part of it."

Next to West Virginia, Louthan says BYU was his top choice as he weighed his options after talking to various coaches.

As a senior, he connected on 5-of-6 field goals and 61-of-63 extra points, he says.

"I'd say, for one, to have a very short memory," Louthan claims as the most important characteristic at his position. "If you miss a kick, you've got to move on to the next one automatically. You can't let yourself think about the ones that have already happened. You also have to be strong mentally. You can't let other people or the fans influence you."

Louthan plans to begin working with the Mountaineers in the summer and says that his father, who has friends in West Virginia, may move to Morgantown with him.  

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