Penn State lost quite a few players to the transfer portal this offseason. But for as much as transfer portal taketh, it also giveth as the Nittany Lions picked up a commitment from former Virginia Tech kicker/punter Jordan Stout.
Stout, a walk-on at Virginia Tech who will be on scholarship at Penn State, will be eligible immediately for the Nittany Lions due to a new NCAA rule that allows walk-ons to transfer and receive immediate eligibility at schools that are offering them a scholarship.
Stout is a rather significant get for Penn State on a few fronts.
- He’s just a redshirt sophomore, meaning he’ll have three years in Happy Valley.
- Stout was one of the best kickoff specialists in the country last year, with 61-of-70 kickoffs going for touchbacks. While Rafael Checa showed to have a strong leg, he was a bit inconsistent with a number of his kickoffs going out of bounds. We’ll see how the competition goes this summer, but Stout is the clear leader heading into it.
- While Stout should compete with Jake Pinegar for the placekicking job in 2019, he also has the looks of a viable replacement for Blake Gillikin in 2020 as the Hokies listed Stout as a punter, as well.
Versatility is #good and so is Stout’s decision to spend the next three years in State College. Welcome, Jordan!