Newcomer Profile - Andy Good

Newcomer Profile - Andy Good

Ohio placekicker Andy Good is up next on our list of newcomer profiles.

ANDY GOOD

PK, 5-11, 170 lbs., 4.7

Boardman High School – Boardman, Ohio

Experienced kicker from Ohio's Boardman High, where he played for Coach Gary Smith … teammate at Boardman of Mike Villigrana, who also signed with WVU this year … all-Steel Valley Conference and all-NEO for the Spartans … 70 percent of his kickoffs went into the end zone or beyond … kicked three gamewinning field goals during career … in all, he converted four of nine field goal this past season with a long of 40 yards.

Made nine of 11 field goals as a junior, including a pair of game winners from 42 and 28 yards … the 42-yarder is his career best, but he's hit from as far out as 63 yards in practice … very accurate on extra points, making 19 of 21 as a junior and 23 of 26 as a senior … team was 6-4 this past season … PrepStar all-regional.

"Andy has a lot of up side to him," noted Smith, who has been coaching at Boardman for 25 years. "Dependable kickers are unusual in high school, and we'll really miss him. He really was a big weapon for us, and I'll bet he becomes a good kicker for West Virginia as well."

Also received recruiting interest from the Naval Academy, Wisconsin, Pitt, North Carolina and a number of MAC schools, but committed to WVU early in the fall … an all-state second baseman and all-district soccer player; earned nine varsity letters for the Spartans

Hit over .400 for the Boardman baseball team last spring and may be interested in playing both football and baseball at WVU … will study accounting at WVU … son of Robert and Teresa Good.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "It's kind of rare for a Division school to sign kickers to scholarships initially, because you never can be sure how they'll react to pressure and kicking off ground. We had him in camp, so we got to see up close what he can do. We also liked the fact that he's made three game-winning kicks. One of the true tests of a kicker is to see how he'll do when the pressure is on, and Andy has been able to do that throughout his high school career. We anticipate that Andy will be able to contribute immediately."

What Herb Hand says: "Andy has a very strong leg. Here is the thing about recruiting kickers. When you recruit a kicker, the best ones you don't necessarily see but you hear them. When you're out on the field, it sounds like a gun shot, ‘Pow.' You turn around and say, ‘Who kicked that one?' That's what you want, and that's what the ball sounds like when Andy kicks it. He's also got good consistency and has some savvy and confidence. We hope he can come up this summer and practice some with our snappers and holders kicking off the turf so he can have a chance to help us right away."

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