Meet Samuel Carpenter: Pitt’s Newest 5 Star Kicker

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Samuel Carpenter is a kicker who stands at 5-foot-10 and weighs 175 pounds. He is rated as a 5 Star Kicker and ranked 47th best kicker in the Class of 2023 by Kohl’s Kicking.

We caught up with Carpenter to learn more about himself before he heads to Pittsburgh. From Kohl’s Kicking, “He has powerful hips and crushes his kickoffs. He charted 12 points in the field goal session and was impressive with his command and “pop” throughout the camp. His big ball on kickoffs was competitive with the top players in the country. He has the leg speed and technical refinement to become one of the best kickers in the 2023 class.”

1. What does it mean to you be rated a 5 star kicker by Kohl’s Kicking?

Being rated as one of the best in the country is a great feeling and another way to show that I am ready for Power 5 football and ready to compete.

2. If you had to compare your style to a NFL/college player , who would be the closest to your style?

I would compare my style to Jake Elliot. I think we both use our leg speed mainly to crush the ball and overall our forms are pretty similar.

3. What major/degree are you hoping to purse in college?

I am planning on majoring in Supply Chain Management.

4. Why did you ultimately decide to commit to Pitt?

I ultimately decided to commit to Pitt because of the program. Coach King and Coach Powell are amazing as well the brand Coach Narduzzi has built. Coach King and Coach Powell treated me as their #1 since day 1 and I couldn’t be happier than the relationship we have built.

5. Obviously the NFL is the ultimate goal, besides that, what do you want to do post-college career?

I am planning on being a supply chain manager. I love business and currently that is my dream job.

6. What is a fact about you that most do not know about you?

I only started kicking towards the end of my sophomore year. I haven’t been kicking for a while and I think I have already proved that I am one of the best kickers in the country and still have a great amount of potential.

7. Who was your role model growing up?

Being from Foxboro, I would say Tom Brady. I always admired how he played the game and only cared about winning. I have that same mindset and another reason I wanted to go to a winning program like Pitt.