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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Meet the run-ons: WR Luke Vadas

By Josh Moyer

Every weekday, as part of an ongoing series, NittanyNation will take a closer look at a Penn State walk-on.

Vitals: Wideout Luke Vadas, Shaker Heights (Ohio) University High, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds.

Picked Penn State over: FBS scholarship from Marshall and walk-on invitations from Ohio State, Pitt and Maryland.

Why he picked PSU: He felt he had a better opportunity for playing time at Penn State and, despite living in Ohio, he grew up as a fan of the Nittany Lions. He also developed a good relationship with assistant coach Stan Hixon, and he said PSU felt more like a "brotherhood" than the others.

State of the position: Allen Robinson leads this group, while fifth-year senior Brandon Moseby-Felder is hoping to maintain the No. 2 spot. Trevor Williams and Eugene Lewis will battle with Moseby-Felder, and the trio should contribute quite a bit this season. There's a lot of other young guys -- such as Matt Zanellato and Malik Golden -- who will also try to get situational playing time. There's plenty of depth at wideout right now.

Strengths: He shows good hands, with the ability to make fingertip grabs and the awareness to look the catches in. He also takes great pride in running routes; he's consistent.

Weaknesses: He needs to add 10-15 pounds to his frame, and he needs stop hopping onto his cuts. He tends to jump into cuts on hitches and curls, so he knows he must reverse that habit.

Potential impact: In some ways, he's like Gregg Garritty Jr. -- he boasts good hands and route-running but he's not the strongest or the fastest player. Vadas should contribute on special teams, and he could eventually challenge for some time on the field as a receiver. He has a lot of talent, and he could be one of the bigger surprises of this run-on class.

Quotables: "That's how I was raised, to be that exception. I was never given anything, and I don't want to be given anything. I want to earn it."

Getting to know Vadas: Favorite movie is "Big Daddy" ... Favorite TV show is "Tosh.O" ... Favorite meal is a filet and mashed potatoes ... Favorite musician is Kanye ... Dream vacation spot is Martha's Vineyard in Cape Cod.