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.
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."