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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