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Shady Spring's Syvertson Commits, Talks WVU

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A lot of boys around West Virginia dream of suiting up in the blue and gold for WVU.

Shady Spring's Houstin Syvertson is making that a reality.

"It was basically family. Everyone was close together. We got to hang out with the players and they were real cool. They act like they are brothers. That really sold me," Syvertson said about his official visit to Morgantown.

As a Tiger, Syvertson played running back, linebacker and punter.

"They are sure what position they'll put me at as of know. Whatever is good with me, I just decided to be on the team and I just want to help them out," he said.

He'll sign on Wednesday (National Signing Day) to be a preferred walk-on.

"I basically have a spot on the team already. I just have to sign the papers. I still have an opportunity to earn a scholarship and I'm hoping I can work hard and do that," he said.

The 6'2'' 215 pounder played under head coach Vince Culicerto, who says he did more than just show up for practice.

"He did a lot of work and a lot of traveling in the offseason to sharpen his skills which tells a lot. This kid wants to go on to bigger and better things," Culicerto said.

Last year, the first-team all state punter averaged nearly 43 yards a punt. He also accounted for more than 1,200 yards of offense and added 90 tackles on defense. Which is his favorite side of the ball.

"I like cracking skulls, I like hitting people. I'm an aggressive person on the field. It's one of my favorite things to do," Syvertson said.

Even though he's committed to the Mountaineers, there is still work to be done.

"I've committed. The next thing that's bothering me is will I be able to compete. I thought about it and I know I have a real hard work ethic and I think I will be able to compete," he said.

"I think he went with his heart which really counts a lot because I think he'll give it more effort. I'm proud of him and we're excited for Huey here at Shady," Culicerto said.