Penn State took over the NFL combine, and here are the numbers to prove it
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He can run
Could a football program have been better represented at the NFL combine than was Penn State the last four days?
On Monday, safety Troy Apke ran a blazing 4.3-second 40-yard dash — drawing some rather comical praise from NFL Network analyst and Hall of Fame defensive back Deion Sanders
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 5, 2018
However that is not the fastest a Penn State player has run in Indianapolis. StateCollege.com’s Mike Poorman listed the best performances by all Nittany Lions at the combine.
How good was it?
Overall, how good was the Penn State performance? Good enough that Saquon Barkley is now firmly entrenched as No. 1 overall pick discussion. Some players such as Jason Cabinda and Christian Campbell will wait until Penn State’s pro day to work out for scouts.
The Centre Daily Times’ John McGonigal reviews the good, the bad and the ugly from Indianapolis as far as the Penn State performances go.
Penn State picked up a win of sorts in the recruiting world, as well, as Loganville, Ga., athlete Ronald Thompkins announced his top 4 schools — of which Penn State is one of them, writes Lions 247’s Andrew Callahan.
Thompkins tweeted that he is considering Penn State, Mississippi State, USC and Tennessee.
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Florida has become a recruiting priority for Penn State, especially with the addition of assistant Ja’Juan Seider coming aboard James Franklin’s staff from Florida.
Franklin and staff have set their sights on 12 prospects from the Sunshine State writes Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue.
One of those prospects, IMG Academy’ running back Noah Cain, will be on display in the state of Pennsylvania during Week Zero of the high school season when IMG travels to play state power and defending Class 6A champion Pine-Richland.
— Pgh Sports Now (@PghSportsNow) March 6, 2018
A short trip for Franklin & Co. to make if Cain is still on their radar.
Penn State safety Marcus Allen had some things to say about the use of social media by players, and also some of the verbal harassment hurled at players and their responses to it all.
Allen uses it all for motivation, but the Allentown Morning Call’s Mark Wogenrich says he uses other things as motivation too, including a penalty and fan reactions, and stores it all in his “motivation box.”
Underrated and undervalued
Grant Haley had a knack for making plays during his Penn State career. Ask Ohio State fans what they think of Haley.
At the NFL combine, Haley worked out and drew the attention of one analyst. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock says that Haley is undervalued on draft boards everywhere, writes The Daily Collegian’s Tyler King.
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