Why Virginia Tech?

Michael Branthover

Kicker/punter Michael Branthover committed to the Hokies before Saturday's game, and he goes in depth to explain why he did it.

The combination of early playing time, the academics, tradition and a scholarship offer were too much to pass up, so Michael Branthover didn't.

It is why Saturday the DeMatha High (Hyattsville, Md.) kicker accepted a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech.

"Talking to coach (Frank) Beamer, he wants me to come and punt next year," Branthover said. "I can do whatever. Kicking, punting and kickoffs. However, they want to use me. I can do two, or all three. Whatever they want to do."

Branthover first told VTInsider.com about the commitment Saturday morning as he was awaiting the start of the Hokies' game against Virginia.

He is coming in as a punter, but hopes to be able to do all three at some point during his Virginia Tech career.

As a senior at DeMatha, he had touchbacks on 59 of his 69 kickoffs and was 7 of 8 on field goal attempts. He also handled the punter duties.

"I love the campus and the people, and I don't have any doubts about the people,' Branthover said. "Things are going strong now, and they're going to be strong next year. They're football is doing well, and academically, why not Virginia Tech?"

What also helped out was the scholarship the Hokies offered. "I have to pay my first semester, around $13,000, and then the second semester of my freshman year, they pay for books, board, everything," he said. "That's the best offer on the table right now. It's not bad."

Branthover favored the Hokies for a while, and figured a day in which they clinched a berth in the ACC title game as the perfect time to make it official.

"I was coming down for a game, and thought it was the best time to do it, and I felt right about it," he said. "I didn't know why I should wait any more. I felt great about it, I didn't have any more questions for them, and everything was set when they offered."

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