The Pitt Panthers just landed a kicker that has an NFL caliber leg.
That’s no exaggeration, Alex Kessman (Clarkson, Michigan) kicked a 56-yard FG this year, which was the 4th longest in state history. He also made a 53-yard FG that reportedly would’ve been good from 63 yards.
Just minutes ago, Kessman (6-3, 180) announced on Twitter that he’s committed to Pitt and I talked to him after that.
“I picked Pitt because I love everything about it”, said Kessman. “The coaching staff is great, the campus is one of the best in the country and the opportunity to win games is there.”
“I’ve been talking to Pitt since the middle of the summer and I’ve talked to Coach Powell the most”, said Kessman. “He was pumped up hooting and hollering when I told him I was committing.”
Kessman was a first team All-State and was a N.U.C. All-American. He told me that he had a walk-on offer from Mississippi State and a preferred walk-on offer from Arkansas.
Kessman was 8 of 12 this season for Clarkston and was also forced into action as a quarterback this year when the teams starter, Antony Reiner, was injured.
Next up for Kessman is figuring out when he’ll make his next trip to Pittsburgh. It won’t be his first time visiting Pitt.
“I’ve been there about 4 times in the last few months. I’ve learned a lot about the program and a lot about what the coaching staff wants to accomplish.”
Kessman tells me that he’ll be on scholarship for Pitt starting in 2017 and that’s something that the kid that was once referred to as “The Golden Leg” is excited about.
“I can’t describe the excitement I have for coming to Pitt and getting the chance to play at the next level.”