Penn State’s Class of 2023 got a little bigger on Tuesday evening with a verbal commitment from a kicking specialist. Ryan Barker, a four-star kicking specialist will be a preferred walk-on for the Nittnay Lions in the Class of 2023.
“After what has been a thrilling recruiting process, I am beyond grateful to say I am committing to Penn State University,” Barker announce don his Twitter account. “Thank you Coach Franklin and Coach Collins for giving a small town kid a chance. This is truly dreams turned into reality.”
Barker is from Kennet Square, Pennsylvania and is ranked as the No. 44 kicker and No. 91 punter in the nation according to Kohl’s Professional Camps. But he is viewed by recruiting analysts as a rising kicking specialist prospect, so this could be a solid pickup for the Penn State special teams.
Penn State just added one of the nation’s top punter recruits in the Class of 2022 with the addition of Alex Bachetta. Jake Pinegar is back for kicking duties in 2022 but the Nittany Lions have faith in redshirt freshman Sander Sahaydak after an encouraging display in the spring.
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