I mentioned in yesterday’s profile on Mt. Lebanon, PA WR Troy Apke that wide receiver recruiting is one area that is going to be some quite a bit of interest to me over the next few months. In addition to Apke, PSU has offered a few other players. Today we take a look another target, Springfield, Ohio WR Thaddeus Snodgrass.
Ohio has long given Penn State some of their best players, although that pipeline dried up over the latter years of Coach Paterno’s career, which incidentally coincided with Jim Tressel, and now Urban Meyer, locking down the best talent in the Buckeye state. Bill O’Brien has made Ohio a priority once again, and Thaddeus would be an excellent way to signal PSU’s return.
247 ranks Snodgrass with 4 stars, and the 10th best player in talent rich Ohio. His junior year highlight film shows a player with good hands, and very good route running. As with Troy Apke, his 6’1″, 170 pound frame should allow him to easily put on the size needed to line up out wide in the Big 10. ESPN reports a 4.5 40 time as well. All of that is very comparable to Apke.
Back in February, Thaddeus tweeted the following, which was confirmed to in fact be his top 5 at the time:
1.Penn State2.Michigan State3.Notre Dame4.Nebraska5.Ohio State
— Thaddeus Snodgrass (@ThadSnod1) February 5, 2013
Things have since been shaken up, with Kentucky widely though to be the new leader. Snodgrass was also set to make a verbal commitment back in November of 2012, but of course that never happened. With the wild fluctuations in just the last 5 months, not to mention the last 4 weeks, this is a story that will likely linger for awhile, and possibly down to signing day in 2014. With the scholarship reductions, PSU is pushing many players for early decisions. The timing of the offer to Apke in late February might suggest they are moving on, or just not putting all of their eggs in one basket. PSU staying among Thaddeus’ favorites bodes well for the Lions, but expect this story to have a few more ups and downs.
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