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Lions get No. 11 in Class of '11

Penn State added its second commitment of the week and the 11th in it's Class of 2011 on Friday night, as Valparaiso (Ind.) kicker Sam Ficken accepted an offer from the Nittany Lions.

Indiana kicker Sam Ficken committed to Penn State on Friday.

"I got a call at about 4:00 this afternoon from Penn State, and they decided they were going to offer me a scholarship," said an excited Ficken. "I'm going to go to Penn State."

The senior explained why he picked the Nittany Lions.

"The tradition, the fans, the atmosphere, the school, academics - all are excellent," he said. "I feel like that's the place for me.

"I talked to [Mike] McQueary, he said to just let it all sink in and tell your family and your friends and we'll get all the paperwork done next week, but I just wanted to let you know that you have a scholarship from Penn State."

Ficken had 44 touchbacks as a senior and converted on 10 of 14 field goals with a long of 52. The Vikings won their first section crown in eight years.

McQueary told him he will handle the placekicking duties for the Nittany Lions when he gets on campus.

"I believe I am coming in to do the placekicking and then [Anthony] Fera will be doing the punting and the kickoffs."

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