Wide receiver Troy Apke (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) became Penn State's fourth commitment of the 2014 class Saturday.
He chose the school over Pitt, a short drive from his home and despite his father playing linebacker for the Panthers in the 1980s. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound recruit said there were two reasons the Nittany Lions are on top.
"I like the atmosphere of their games, and it's like a family up there," Apke said Saturday afternoon.
PSU offered the in-state receiver on junior day in February, and Apke said then it was too early to really gauge his interest in Penn State. Despite his recruitment picking up over the next two months, the Nittany Lions still managed to come out on top.
He held offers from a half-dozen other schools, including Bowling Green, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Minnesota, Pitt and Toledo.
Despite his size, he said he's been timed as fast as 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash -- and that speed really helps him gain yards after the catch. He caught 54 passes for 1,058 yards and 13 touchdowns in his junior season. He accounted for about a quarter of the offense at Mount Lebanon.
Apke is the first wide receiver in Penn State's 2014 class.