Signed: Mac Hippenhammer Brings Electric Special Teams Ability to Penn State

By Chris Grovich on February 1, 2017 at 9:53 am
Mac Hippenhammer

Welcome to National Signing Day 2017 here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other Signing Day coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they come in. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)

Penn State discovered Mac Hippenhammer at a satellite camp held at Bowling Green in early 2016. James Franklin's staff was the first major program to offer Hippenhammer a scholarship, and the shifty wide receiver always remembered that early interest when his recruiting blew up throughout 2016. Notre Dame made a late run for the elusive receiver, but Franklin and his assistants kept the Irish away.

Mac Hippenhammer
Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 6'1/170
High School: R Nelson Snider (In.)
247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8624)
Positional Rank: No. 582 Overall, No. 87 Wide Receiver, No. 5 in Indiana
Commitment Date: August 13, 2016

Scouting Report

Slight of build, but extremely quick. Essentially unstoppable as a high school punt and kick returner. Able to do absurd things like retreating on a deep punt, making an over the shoulder catch, and bringing it back 40 yards with ease. That type of concentration and awareness helps him as a receiver while along, or running toward the sideline. A natural slot receiver with the in-traffic quickness to cause missed tackles for extra yardage.

Moving Forward

Penn State has six upperclassmen (and redshirt freshman Dae'lun Darien) ahead of this recruiting class, but there may be an available role for a freshman receiver that can also make a difference in the kick or punt return game. Hippenhammer could be that guy, but he's probably targeted for a redshirt unless it's absolutely necessary to play him. Yellow light, with an eye toward the health of players like DaeSean Hamilton, Deandre Thompkins, and the returning Brandon Polk.


2017 Wide Receiver Scholarship Chart
2018 Commits
Saeed Blacknall
DeAndre Thompkins*
Brandon Polk*
Dae'Lun Darien*
Justin Shorter
DaeSean Hamilton*
Irvin Charles*
K.J. Hamler
Juwan Johnson*
Mac Hippenhammer
Cameron Sullivan-Brown

* denotes redshirt season taken

Welcome to Penn State, Mac.