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Top Kicker Quinn Nordin Talks Sleepover, USC Visit, Baxter

Maize 'n Brew caught up with 2016's top kicker, Quinn Nordin, and spoke about the famous sleepover with Jim Harbaugh and the importance of John Baxter at USC.

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Quinn Nordin (Rockford, MI) stepped off of a plane a few months ago, and announced his commitment to Penn State.

Time has passed, and now rumors fill the air of Nordin flipping his commitment from Penn State to another school.

While he remains committed to Penn State, Nordin had an important bond with Michigan's now former special teams coach, John Baxter. Last week, Baxter announced he had accepted the special teams job at his former employer, USC.

With Baxter now back in California, it was only a matter of time until Nordin found his way out there for a visit with his old friend. He told Maize n Brew he will be taking an official visit to USC later this month, and also to Penn State.

"(Coach Baxter) is 100 percent the reason I'm visiting USC," he stated. "He taught me things no one else has, and he's been my number-one guy since day one."

With USC as Michigan's newest competition in the race for the coveted kicker after they added Baxter, Michigan also replaced Baxter with Chris Partridge.

"It's huge that Coach Partridge got the special teams job," he said. "I like him a lot."

Nordin was visited at 12:01 AM Friday by Jim Harbaugh, and it was no normal recruiting trip. Harbaugh packed and stayed the night at Nordin's house, woke up to go to school, and then to Ann Arbor to show him around.

"It was awesome," he said. "We had the chance to spend the whole day together, and really got the chance to get to know one another."

Nordin spoke a lot about the bond Harbaugh and him have built over the past couple of weeks.

"You want to play for a program on the rise," he said. "Coach Harbaugh has taken them from the bottom, back on top again."

Nordin wouldn't comment much on the rumors of his possible flip, nor did he have many stories about the sleepover, but he did leave us with something.

"Go blue," he said. "That's all I got."