One position Penn State’s 2014 class is heavy on now is wide receiver. With De’Andre Thompkins and Chris Godwin already enrolled, Troy Apke, who gave his verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions in April is one of four wide receivers in the class. De’Andre Thompkins and Chris Godwin, both 4-star recruits, are already enrolled at the school. Saeed Blacknall, a former Rutgers commitment, is also expected to sign with the Nittany Lions today.
Apke, a Pennsylvania native, has made his decision to join the Nittany Lions official.
WR Troy Apke has faxed his Letter of Intent. #PennState
— Ryan Snyder (@RivalsSnyder) February 5, 2014
The 3-star recruit wasn’t heavily recruited, but did receive offers from Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Georgia Tech and Toledo. He could be an important pickup for the Nittany Lions, as he’s from the western part of the state, a place that typically boasts a lot of football talent. Penn State has struggled to recruit in that part of the state, may be able to build a strong tradition of recruiting there.
In his three years at Mt. Lebanon High School, he compiled 103 receptions, 1,958 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. Apke won’t likely make an impact right away, but remember his name and look for production from him in a few years.
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