Louthan finds home at Grayson

LOGANVILLE — Kicker and punter Alex Louthan moved to Grayson from Florida before this season and quickly found himself in the midst of a program in the national spotlight.

There was the No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche, a national ranking and he got to beat Miami Central (Fla.), a team his former high school lost to the year before.

“It was crazy,” Louthan said. “It was just incredible.”

But what the preferred walk-on at West Virginia found most of all, was a home. Even after just one season, Louthan wore a Grayson tie, matching his head coach Mickey Conn, at Wednesday's signing day ceremony. When he addressed his classmates and teammates he thanked them for embracing him.

“I feel like this is my home,” he said. “There is a great sense of community here in Grayson.”

And now he's off to Morgantown, W.Va., chasing the same sense of home.

“I went up there when they played Kansas (last season),” he said. “I just fell in love with the whole school.”