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January 7, 2013

Louthan: 'It just felt right'

Grayson (Ga.) kicker Alex Louthan visited West Virginia for the Mountaineers senior day activities against Kansas and he knew he had found the right fit. And on Sunday he accepted an opportunity as a preferred walk-on with the football program.

"I really felt at home, the fan atmosphere was just unreal. The campus was great and it just felt right," he said. "West Virginia was a great fit for me and I felt comfortable. The opportunity was terrific and I'm really blessed to be able to play at such a good program. I love everything about it."

Louthan is originally Wichita, Kansas, but moved to Georgia for his senior season after spending his junior season in Florida. This past summer, the senior was selected as the IMG Academies All-Madden kicker/punter after his performance at a week-long minicamp in Bradenton, Fla.

"There were 20 kickers there and I did well in the pressure situations and nailed a couple 50-yarders," he said. "I did really well and got the All-Madden honors."

He also participated in the NUC Senior All-American Bowl kicking for the South team and connected on all five of his point after attempts. For his senior season, Louthan connected on five of his six field goal attempts with a long of 43-yards, while also handling punting and kickoff duties. On kickoffs, Louthan said he was able to boot the ball in the end zone on most of his attempts.

Louthan believes he has the ability to handle all three duties with field goals being his strong suit and with the departure of Tyler Bitancurt and Corey Smith to graduation he hopes to compete for plying time from the time he arrives on campus.

"Hopefully I can come in and make an impact right off the bat in all three aspects," he said.

Outside West Virginia, the other school that was strongly in the mix was BYU. And although he considered the opportunity to play for the Cougars, the allure of Morgantown and his visit in December was too much to pass up.

He plans to arrive on campus this summer to begin his career. He plans to pursue a degree in athletic coaching, education or sports management.

"Hopefully I'll be able to work out with the team and get used to everything and get comfortable with the campus," he said.

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