Indiana receiver Mac Hippenhammer is an outstanding football player, as evidenced by the many major-college scholarship offers he holds. The Big Ten schools in that group include Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa and Illinois.
But we're guessing he'll never be much of a card player, because his poker face … well … that leaves something to be desired.
You see, when Hippenhammer announced his commitment to the Nittany Lions via Twitter Saturday afternoon, it came as little surprise. For weeks this summer, his Twitter profile photo included a PSU logo. And he's spent the last few weeks following many current Nittany Lions on Twitter.
The profile picture was replaced by something more generic shortly before his commitment. But by then everyone already knew what was up. And sure enough, when he tweeted the news of his commitment, Penn State was the school.
He did so via this video:
“They really believed in me and went after me hard,” Hippenhammer told Scout.com Allen Trieu. “Everything fits me perfectly. I like the offense they play in — there's a good opportunity there, definitely. Not that playing early is why I choose a school, but the opportunity for me there is nice. Nothing is guaranteed, but I could play early if I get a hold of things quickly."
Penn State's business school is also attractive to Hippenhammer. Further, the Nittany Lions have told the two-sport high school standout he'll be able to play baseball in Happy Valley, if he chooses to do so.
"Also, the guys on the PSU team I connect well with," he said. "When PSU offered me, I didn't really have any huge offers, so that was a leap of faith for them and they believed in me. From the beginning of summer when I planned out my camps, PSU was one I really wanted to go to. Just something about them I love."
Hippenhammer had strong visits to Penn State and Iowa this summer. He was also very interested in Wake Forest.
He is the 15th member of James Franklin's Class of 2017 and the second receiver (joining Cameron Sullivan-Brown). With PSU expected to take about 20 players in this class, if a third receiver is going to be added to the mix, he will have to be a good one.