Kicker Enjoys His Penn State Visit

Strong-legged Indiana product was on campus for the Michigan game. Get to know more about him.

Sam Ficken is the type of young man who speaks softly but carries a big leg.

The humble senior kicker out of Valparaiso (Ind.) High is receiving steady interest from a number of Big Ten programs, including Penn State. He visited Happy Valley for the Nittany Lions' weekend win over Michigan.

The experience was enjoyable.

“The fans were great. The atmosphere was great. The stadium and everything about it was great,” Ficken told “I'm really glad I went for the visit because I had a good time.”

Upon arriving on campus, Ficken had a meal with other recruits and then spent some time with “three or four coaches who I got to know.” Then he went for a tour around Beaver Stadium and got to know some of the other recruits in the process. The group then waited in the tunnel and followed the team out on the field for warmups.

“It was a chance to really get to know the program and see more of it,” Ficken said. “I definitely feel like it was eye opening, in a way, to see everything up close and how impressive of a program they are.”

While he doesn't hold any offers yet, it is easy to see why he should soon starting getting those letters. Akron was impressed with his film and Ohio State could be close to an offer. Penn State is obviously in the mix. And Ficken plans a visit to Michigan later this month.

The Nittany Lion coaching staff would like to see him kick in person before pulling the trigger on an offer.

“There isn't an early favorite, but Penn State is up there. I've been to Ohio State, too, and I like it there as well,” Ficken said. “And I visit Michigan soon, so I will know more about them after that trip.”

Ficken has nailed kicks from 50 and 52 yards this season, putting up solid numbers from 40 yards and out that would make a NFL kicker proud. He boasts a 3.74 GPA and scored a 31 on his ACT. He has no timeline for his decision as he is just waiting on that perfect fit.

“I'm just waiting on the right program to offer me and if it's the right place, I'll go there,” Ficken said. “It's all about the right place.”

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