According to Tom Loy of 247Sports, three-star wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer from Fort Wayne, Ind. (R Nelson Snider), has committed to Penn State.
Hippenhammer, who’s ranked as the No. 7 recruit from Indiana in the 2017 class, spoke about his commitment to the Nittany Lions with Loy.
“When Penn State offered me, I didn’t really have any huge offers,” said the 6-0, 170-pounder from the class of 2017. “That was a leap of faith from them and they believed in me. From the beginning of summer when I planned out my camps, Penn State was the one I really wanted to go to. It’ just something about them that I love.”
That love turned into a commitment, and this is despite offers from and what appeared to be high interest in schools such as Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois, Indiana and Wake Forest. In fact, the Hawkeyes seemed to be a major player in his recruitment, so much so that he unofficially visited in late July and Iowa did receive a 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction for him in its favor. Michigan State was also a factor, per Loy’s reporting.
Speaking of, Hippenhammer told Loy that that Penn State’s coaching staff played a big role in his commitment:
“Coach Gattis played a big role,” said Hippenhammer. “He’s not fake. He is straight up. He is a guy that will tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. He is good at developing receivers and has experience.
“I had a good time up at Penn State with coach Franklin. Good vibes. He didn’t pressure me at all. He is very excited for me to be a part of Penn State. My family likes him, so that means a lot.
“Coach Moorhead plans on spreading it out and tossing the ball a lot and letting me make plays. He wants to get the ball to me in space.”
With the addition of Hippenhammer, Penn State’s 2017 class now has 15 commitments and boasts a No. 19 national ranking.