Penn State Signs Top Junior College Wideout

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Holding an undergraduate degree from Penn State University, retired retail executive Reid Hackney most recently served as a vice president and chief financial officer at A’GACI in San Antonio, Texas. Reid Hackney is an avid college football fan and closely follows his alma mater.

Penn State football picked up a junior college standout after a single visit in early June. The Nittany Lions brought Lackawanna College wideout Norval Black in for a workout and liked him so much they offered him a scholarship on the spot. Black didn’t take long to think about it and accepted the offer immediately. Penn State was the only FBS (Division I) school to offer the junior college wide receiver a spot.

In his freshman season with Lackawanna, the 6’1 wideout hauled in 15 catches for 445 yards and 5 touchdowns. Black played his high school football at Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland. After his visit, he said he felt like Penn State was “home” the second he set foot on the campus.

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Pair of Penn State Players Released for Transfer

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A former chief financial officer who accrued over 17 years of experience between retail companies Ascena Retail Group and A’GACI, Reid Hackney retired in 2017. The recipient of a bachelor’s in accounting from Penn State University, Reid Hackney maintains an affiliation to the school through his support of its football team, the Nittany Lions.

The Nittany Lions are playing in this year’s Fiesta Bowl, but they will be without kicker Alex Barbir and running back Andre Robinson, as both players were granted their release from the team to pursue transfer options. A redshirt freshman from Georgia, Barbir played in two games this season, but didn’t attempt an extra kick or field goal. He was part of the team’s 2016 recruiting class. Robinson, meanwhile, was part of the 2015 recruiting class. He had 29 carries in 2016, but served as a backup to both Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders this season. Through 17 games with the team, Robinson accumulated 243 yards from scrimmage and scored seven touchdowns.

Fortunately for Penn State, the team already has commitments from players at both positions as part of its 2018 recruiting class. Four-star running back Ricky Slade of Virginia has agreed to enroll in the school next year, as has three-star kicker Jake Pinegar of Iowa.