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Kicker Vlad Hilling Commits To Penn State, Will Walk On Next Season

Penn State landed a verbal commitment from kicker Vlad Hilling on Monday evening, according to the player’s Twitter account. Hilling picked Penn State over Army and Big Ten rivals Rutgers.

The Holidaysburg, Pa. native was the No. 1 kicker prospect in Pennsylvania and the No. 19 kicker in the nation, according to Kohl’s Kicking rankings. He missed just two field goals last season and was a perfect 46-for-46 on extra points in his final year in high school.

He will walk on to the program next season and compete for the now-vacant starting kicker spot. Tyler Davis was the team’s starting kicker last season, but his graduation the job up for grabs. The man who seemed to be headed for the job — Alex Barbir — announced that he would be transferring in December. Hilling will compete with fellow 2018 recruit Jake Pinegar and Carson Landis for the job.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post indicated Hilling would compete for the starting kicker spot during spring ball. This was incorrect, and we apologize for the error.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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