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Nittany Lions Clip K Barbir From Rutgers

Georgia specialist flips from the Scarlet Knights to the Lions, helping James Franklin firm up a serious position of need.

As the never-ending drama with commit Quinn Nordin continued to play out, Penn State took a step toward solidifying one of its greatest positions of need in the Class of 2016. Tuesday, the Nittany Lions received a commitment from Georgia three-star kicker Alex Barbir, who had been committed to Rutgers.

Penn State thought it had its kicker of the future in Nordin, a four-star standout from Michigan who committed in July. And Nordin may still land with the Nittany Lions.

But with Nordin's recruitment taking some whacky twists — the nation's No. 1 kicker announced his commitment to Penn State via a video of himself on a private jet, he was put on "flip watch" after a Michigan visit in October, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh offered to sleep over at his house earlier this month, a Michigan tavern ran billboards encouraging him to commit to the Wolverines, and now a last-minute visit to USC for this weekend has been scheduled — it is safe to say James Franklin and company could not depend on Nordin sticking to his commitment.

Enter Barbir, the former soccer player from South Forsyth High in Cummings, Ga. Barbir attended Penn State's satellite camp at Georgia State last spring but did not receive an offer and committed to Rutgers in July. The Lions offered earlier this month.

He has a big leg, as is evidenced by the fact that he had 78 touchbacks on 85 kickoffs in 2015. According to his Hudl account, he had an average hangtime of 4.16 seconds on his kickoffs. He was also 61 of 63 on extra points. South Forsyth only attempted 11 field goals on the season, and Barbir made eight of them.

See him in action in the Hudl video below.

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