MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia found its current punter less than a mile from campus. Its future punter currently resides 10,000 miles away.

Australian specialist Angus Davies announced overnight Wednesday that he committed to West Virginia, making it the latest FBS program to mine powerful legs from Down Under.

Davies became the Mountaineers’ 21st commitment for 2018, as first reported by WVSports.com’s Keenan Cummings, who said Davies plans to sign his letter of intent during the December early period.

Before facing Texas last week, WVU coach Dana Holgorsen described Michael Dickson as “the best punter I’ve ever seen.” The Longhorns punter subsequently pinned four of his seven punts inside the 20 during a 28-14 win over WVU.

Dickson’s 48-yard average tops the nation, replete with the hang time and directional accuracy to help Texas lead in net punting (44.2). West Virginia, with Morgantown High graduate Billy Kinney having an uneven season, currently ranks 113th with a 35.3-yard net.

“The Dickson kid, it’s unreal,” Holgorsen said. “That dude, he can get it off as fast as he wants to get it off, he can kick it any different way he wants to, sideline, field, rugby. He gets upwards to about five seconds hang time, which is unheard of. Dude needs to go pro right now. He’s just a junior, but he needs to hurry up and get his degree and go pro. He’s that good.”

Dickson trained in high school at ProKick Australia, essentially a punter factory where Davies also spent the past two years working on his mechanics.

Davies did not visit West Virginia on his only trip to the U.S. mainland, but told Rivals, “Morgantown is where I want to play football.”

West Virginia’s commitments for 2018:

Dante Stills (Fairmont, W.Va..)6-4, 265DL4 stars
Kwantel Raines (Aliquippa, Pa.)6-3, 200DB4 stars
Leddie Brown (Smyrna, Del.)6-1, 190RB4 stars
T.J. Banks (North Versailles, Pa.)6-6, 240TE/DE4 stars
Joshua Norwood (Senatobia, Miss)5-11, 185DB3 stars
Charlie Benton (El Dorado, Kan.)6-3, 215LB3 stars
Randy Fields (Baltimore, Md.)6-3, 190WR3 stars
Trey Lowe (Bolivar, Tenn.)6-3, 175QB3 stars
Briason Mays (Bolivar, Tenn.)6-4, 290OL3 stars
James Gmiter (Bethel Park, Pa.)6-4, 300DT3 stars
Sam James (Richmond, Hill, Ga.)6-1, 160WR3 stars
Mike O’Laughlin (Oak Park, Ill.)6-5, 215TE3 stars
Tyrese Allen (Paintsville, Ky.)6-3, 290DT3 stars
Josh Chandler (Canton, Ohio)6-0, 220LB2 stars
Blaine Scott (Portsmouth, Ohio)6-4, 299OL3 stars
Jayce Rogers (Valdosta, Ga.)5-8, 160CB3 stars
Oyenmwen Uzebu (Alpharetta, Ga.)6-6, 300OL3 stars
Bryce Wheaton (Holly Springs, N.C.)6-3, 200ATH3 stars
Alex Williams (Pickerington, Ohio)6-7, 240DE3 stars
Tavis Lee (Martinsburg, W.Va)6-3, 227DE3 stars
Angus Davies (Torquay, Australia)6-1, 182P0 stars

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