Ficken's Set For PSU

PSU's latest commit shares with why he chose to become a Nittany Lion and how the scholarship offer came his way.

The latest member of Penn State's recruiting class is Samuel Ficken of Valparaiso, IN. The kicker's only BCS program offer was Penn State and he also held an offer from Akron. Having committed to the Nittany Lions last Friday, Ficken said that he felt like he was closing in on offers from Colorado and Michigan.

No matter, he says.

"I'm happy with Penn State. This is where I wanted to be, this was the offer I wanted," Ficken told "This is where I'm going to be playing college football."

Having visited Happy Valley in November for the game against Michigan, Ficken was sold from the whole experience. While it wasn't an official visit, he said he was blown away by the scene at Beaver Stadium. He's taken similar trips to Michigan and Ohio State but Penn State was something special.

"I just loved the whole atmosphere, the way the cheering section and the students got into it," Ficken recalls. "It was just great. And I like the coaches there too, just the way they connect with the players and how the guys on that team respond to them. I noticed that; it was very important to me."

Ficken got his offer from Penn State last Friday and he committed on the spot. Recruiting coordinator Mike McQueary called him to let him know that Penn State was set to offer. The Nittany Lions need a kicker in this class and they were waiting to see if there was a scholarship available to bring in Ficken. McQueary called to let him know that there was a scholarship on the table for the player.

And moments later, Ficken accepted in what might go down as one of the easiest and fastest recruitments in history. Ficken said "It was really that simple."

"I had spoken with my family before and we all felt comfortable that if Penn State offered, that I should go there," Ficken said. "It's a place where I can grow as a man and get a great education. I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out for me, it's been great."

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