Penn State’s Class of 2022 continues to pull together some high-quality recruits. The newest addition to the recruiting haul just so happens to be the nation’s top-rated punter.
Alex Bacchetta of Georgia announced his commitment to the Nittany Lions on Tuesday evening. Bacchetta is the top-ranked punter in the Class of 2022 according to Kohl’s Professional Camps, the go-to resource for rankings of kickers and punters. Bacchetta chose Penn State over offers from Arkansas and Virginia.
“I would like to thank Coach Franklin, Coach Lorig, and Coach Raisbeck for their time and commitment in recruiting me from day one,” Bacchetta said in a released statement on his Twitter account. “After much consideration and thought, I would like to announce my commitment to Penn State University.”
Bacchetta had a standout performance at Kohl’s Underclassman Challenge in January. Here’s what Kohl’s Professional Camps has to say about the newest member of Penn State’s next recruiting class;
His frame and leg speed separates him from the rest of his peers. The ball jumps off his foot. He had an impressive showing in both kicking and punting. Bacchetta’s punting should only get better as he continues to master his drop and rhythm. Bacchetta is currently more mature athletically and just stronger than others his age in both kicking and punting. Bacchetta’s “A” ball is better than anyone else in the 2022 class at this point. He will be a power five scholarship player.
Bacchetta is scheduled to visit Penn State for an official visit on June 18.
While Penn Stae will have to wait until next year to get Bacchetta involved on special teams, he will bring an immediate boost to the punting game for the Nittany Lions. Jordan Stout was used as a kicker and a punter in 2020, and that remains the plan for 2021. Stout averaged 41.55 yards per punt in 2020, but having one dedicated punter isn’t a bad idea.
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