“It all paid off.” Radford kicker discusses college commitment, quarantine life and mental health

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RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — After visiting over 20 schools, Radford kicker Connor Lytton decided to take his talents to Boston College. WFXR’s David DeGuzman caught up with the rising senior about the decision as well as how he’s handling quarantine life and the advice he has on maintaining good mental health during the pandemic.

You can watch the full interview in the video player above. Here was some of the highlights from their conversation.

What led you being so comfortable with telling Boston College you want to go there, especially considering you still have your senior season ahead of you?

Connor Lytton: When I started recruiting, I set up three goals. It was academics, coaching staff and overall atmosphere at the college. On spring break, I went up there for a visit and we toured around, did everything there. It made me feel at home and I felt comfortable there. Up there in Boston and we just kept on talking every day just about and it led to them offering me and I couldn’t pass up the academics and football there.

I think hard work paid off. I’ve been at it for six to seven years so it’s all paid off, all the money we put into this. Me and my dad and my mom and my sister, all the time we’ve put in and sacrifices. I think it’s all paid off.

Obviously, we’re in this new and crazy time right now. I’m sure you’re still trying to keep up not only the academics and studying from home but also staying in shape and working on your skills as a kicker. What’s it been like over the last couple of weeks?

Lytton: I just tried to get out to some fields and some fields are actually closing around here, so trying to find those open fields and parks that I can go still kick and I have a weight room in my room so I’ve just been working out here so just trying to stay ready for football season coming up.

As a kicker, your mental game has to be in top shape. What has it been like over the last couple of weeks to deal with everything going on in terms of mental health?

Lytton: Just being in here, cooped up and quarantined, it’s been hard but I’ve been trying to get out and kick as much as I can which helps a little bit and helps my mentality good and in shape.

Do you have any advice? A lot of us are just trying to take it one day at a time and you take it one kick at a time?

Lytton: I just block everything out and focus on what I always do and what I’ve practiced for years now. Just focus on that thing and block everything else out and focus on that one object ahead of you.

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