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Monday, March 18, 2013
2014 PSU spotlight: WR Troy Apke

By Josh Moyer

Over the next few months, NittanyNation will look closer at the 2014 recruits who claim offers from Penn State. Today we examine wideout Troy Apke, who earned an offer from the Nittany Lions on junior day.

Vitals: Troy Apke, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Mount Lebanon, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds.

Offers: He currently holds seven offers, and the main competition now appears to be with Pitt. His father played linebacker there. Georgia Tech also recently entered the race for his services.

Numbers game: He caught 54 passes for 1,058 yards and a school record 13 touchdowns. He averaged 19 yards a catch, nearly 3 yards farther than the No. 2 leader on the team. He accounted for about 25 percent of the entire offense.

Memorable highlight: Apke split two defenders on a 14-yard touchdown pass, where he caught the ball over his shoulder with just one hand. Here's video of that very play.

State of the position: It's difficult to see Penn State taking more than one wide receiver in this class. Apke isn't the first on Penn State's big board here -- that would be Chris Godwin and De'Andre Thompkins -- but it doesn't look as if Apke's going to make a decision relatively soon, either. This is one position where PSU has plenty of depth. Eugene Lewis, Richy Anderson, Trevor Williams, Jonathan Warner and DaeSean Hamilton all have between three and four years of eligibility remaining.

What has caught Penn State's eye: Size and speed. He stands 6-2, but he's still been timed in the 4.4s. Reports vary, so it appears he's been clocked from 4.43 to 4.50. That's obviously a great combination, and it's one that will likely see his recruitment pick up even more. Allen Robinson was measured at 6-2 when he was a high school senior, and no one ever mistook his speed for the 4.4s -- so it's definitely unique.

Quotables: "I liked [Penn State] a lot. But it's early -- so we'll see."