Reed Option Recruit Of The Week: Quinn Nordin
You may remember Quinn Nordin from his outstanding commitment video, but the future Penn State kicker has all of the skills to live up to his self-made hype.
Nordin, a 6’1”, 200 lb. kicker and punter from Rockford, Michigan, is a vital part of James Franklin’s plan for the future of Penn State football. He is rated as a five-star prospect (and the No. 1 overall kicker in the class of 2016) by Kornblue Kicking, the premier recruiting service for kickers, punters, and long-snappers. Additionally, he was awarded star ratings by each of the four major recruiting sites (a rarity for kickers) and was named the No. 1 kicker in the class by three of the four sites.
His commitment, which I mentioned above, gained national interest in July when it went viral. The video, set to the song “Coming Home” by Diddy, shows Nordin in a private plane wearing a Penn State jacket. Stats flash across the screen (namely the fact that he is the most offered kicker in the class of 2016) as he states his commitment to Penn State. This kind of commitment is fun for Penn State fans, and infuriating for fans of other schools, which is a fantastic recruiting tactic in and of itself.
Currently, Penn State has two former soccer standouts competing for the first-string kicker position in Joe Julius and Tyler Davis. Franklin, in offering a scholarship to Nordin as a kicker (and Blake Gillikin as a punter, for that matter) is placing enormous emphasis on special teams going forward. Coach Charles Huff has built a strong special teams corps when it comes to returns, and now that the team is investing in kickers, these results should carry over. The overturn of kickers could not come soon enough, as Julius has missed two consecutive point-after tries on two separate occasions this year.
Nordin’s commitment is important for Penn State recruiting going forward for more than one reason. Hailing from Michigan, Nordin signifies a recruiting victory for Penn State over northern rivals Michigan and Michigan State. Traditionally, it has been difficult to pull prospects from the Midwest with these two teams, alongside formidable opponents like Notre Dame and Ohio State picking key prospects out of the region. Despite taking multiple visits to Michigan recently, it would seem that Nordin is firm in his commitment to Penn State after tweeting praises for the Nittany Lions the past two weeks.
Nordin’s commitment signifies a big step forward for Penn State, a team that will no longer settle for walk-ons and ex-soccer players to play one of the biggest roles on the football field. His commitment sticking for the Nittany Lions will be crucial in their success going forward.