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Penn State Recruiting - 2014 WR Troy Apke

One of the more interesting story lines for me during this 2014 recruiting season is going to happen at wide receiver.  In the last two classes, PSU has taken three true wide receivers (Eugene Lewis, Malik Golden, DaeSean Hamilton), as well as a handful of other players that could easily lineup out wide.  I don’t expect PSU to take a receiver in this class, unless they find the perfect fit.  Over the next few days, we will take a look at the potential candidates.  We start with Troy Apke.

The Mt. Lebanon Senior High School star picked up his Penn State offer while visiting campus last month for Junior Day, which was his second offer at the time.  The son of former Pitt linebacker Steve Apke, Troy has had an offer from the Panthers, and picked up another from Georgia Tech last week.  247 has not ranked him, but their composite ranking gives him 4 stars.  Watching his highlight tape, you see the 4.47 40 speed seems legit, as are his hands.  Already 6’1″, you can of course expect him to add some weight to his 173 lbs. as he gets older, and into a college training program.

Apke is just one of a few players offered at wide receiver, and as mentioned earlier, don’t expect PSU to take more than 1 player with only 15 scholarships available.  Over the coming weeks and months, it will be interesting to see how the situation plays out.  After seeing what Allen Robinson was able to do under Coach O’Brien’s offense, it’s no surprise PSU is getting serious interest form Troy, and other high level receiver prospects.

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  • Willie Green

    With the 65 player cap, the recruiting Class of ’14 will likely be less than the 15 that “might” become available if we suffer attrition beyond normal graduation.

    Obviously Apke would be a desirable recruit. But like every one else who has an offer this year, he needs to commit early or risk being shut-out by the 65 player cap. And we do have other positional needs besides another WR.

    • PSUMatt2005

      The 65 player limit will be need to be watched, yes, but I’m of the opinion they’ll be signing right around 13-15 players this year.

      • Willie Green

        That’s probably realistic, but unfortunately assumes that we prematurely lose 5 or 6 on our roster for reasons we can’t predict.
        And I suppose I’m hopeful that our current players defy the odds and we have a more successful retention rate.
        I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what unfolds.

        • PSUMatt2005

          Focus on redshirt juniors that will graduate, but haven’t played much. Logic dictates you’ll have a kid or two transfer out of spring practice when they see where they are on the depth chart (think Ryan Nowicki).

          • Willie Green

            I’m skeptical that we’ll experience any more Nowicki’s or Redd’s. These are guys who have already stuck with us through that gut-wrenching period. And the reduced roster size opens up opportunity form them as well.
            But you’re right, we may have a few who will choose to focus on academics and graduate early rather than play this season. But I don’t think they’d transfer. (I’m thinking more Dakota Royer than Nowicki.)