Ladies and gentlemen, Jake Pinegar!
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 195 pounds
Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa
Rankings: 13th ranked kicker, according to Kohl’s Kicking
Offers: Bowling Green and Northern Illinois
Well, this one kind of came out of nowhere. Pinegar attended the Penn State-Northern Illinois camp back in June, and then made his way to Happy Valley this weekend to once again kick for the staff. Pinegar must have showed off a big, strong, accurate leg, as James Franklin offered the Iowa kicker who jumped on the offer.
After signing kicker Alex Barbir in the 2016 class, can’t say I saw the Nittany Lions using a scholarship on another kicker again until 2019 or 2020. Here’s what Kohl’s Kicking has to say about Pinegar:
Pinegar recently attended the 2017 Midwest Spring Showcase. He is one of the best athletes in the 2018 class. He has explosive hips and fast leg. He charted well by making 9 field goals and also averaged 71.75 yards per kickoff. Having the ability to call on his "A" ball will need to be a focus this summer. His "A" ball on kickoffs, is in the top 5 nationally. Pinegar attended the 2016 Winter Showcase Camp in December. He charted very well going 8 out of 10 on field goals. He shows great control of his leg and with continued work on his leg strength he will do some special things as a specialist.
Welcome to Penn State, Jake!