After redshirting last fall, wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer made his mark the first chance he got in a Penn State uniform. He took home the spring game MVP behind a two-touchdown performance in the 21-10 Blue Team victory.
Who is this potential breakout star for the Nittany Lions?
Before arriving at University Park
Coming out of Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, redshirt freshman, Mac Hippenhammer was a four-year letterman under head coach Kurt Tippmann. The wide receiver helped lead the school to a 12-1 record in 2015 and a state title, its first since 1992.
Hippenhammer finished his high school career earning first team All-State honors from the Associated Press his senior year where he recorded 1,720 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns.
Mac’s efforts led him to become recognized as a unanimous three-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports, Rivals and Scout.
Hippenhammer was also a standout shortstop for his high school team, helping them reach the 4A section championship while batting .431 at the plate and 15 stolen bases in 2017. It was the potential to play both sports that affected his ultimate decision to come to Happy Valley.
Hippenhammer’s growth at Penn State
Hippenhammer didn’t waste his time in Beaver Stadium before making headlines. The redshirt freshman caught four passes for 43 yards and two touchdowns during the annual Blue and White spring game.
On his first score, Hippenhammer was able to get off the slot corner and break to outside for the easy score from Trace McSorley. Hippenhammer found the end zone again in the fourth quarter on a deep pass from Sean Clifford to put the game out of reach for the White Team.
Hippenhammer displayed the speed and deep ball catching ability that recent NFL draftee, DaeSean Hamilton, came to master in his time at Happy Valley.
With the departure of slot receiver DaeSean Hamilton, could Hippenhammer be the hidden gem amongst the talented Nittany Lion receiver group?
Penn State recruiting news
The Nittany Lions secured two commitments this week, running back Devyn Ford and junior college safety Jaquan Brisker. Ford comes in as a four-star recruit and the No. 3 running back recruit in the Class of 2019 according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
During Ford’s junior year, he rushed for 1,994 yards to go along with 29 touchdowns for North Stafford High. He joins a talented backfield of former five-star recruits in junior Miles Sanders and incoming freshman Ricky Slade.
Out of Lackawanna Community College, Brisker was considered to be the No. 1 junior college safety recruit, according to 247Sports Class of 2019 rankings, and chose Penn State over the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss as well as West Virginia.
Brisker is a solid tackle both at the line and in space, a presence the Nittany Lions have been looking to fill with the departure of Marcus Allen who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2019 NFL Draft.