Sukay Eyes Championship

Nick Sukay's Greensburg Central Catholic defense has managed three shutouts this season and another four games where they held the opponent to seven points or less. With questions swirling around his commitment to PSU, Sukay is another prospect who excels on both sides of the ball and is considered one of the top prospects in the East.

Penn State has a long tradition of Western Pennsylvanian standouts heading to Happy Valley, from Brandon Short and LaVar Arrington to Paul Posluszny and Justin King, Western Pennsylvania has been a prospect pipeline to PSU for decades. Now, Greensburg Central Catolic star Nick Sukay could be the among the next generation of Western Pennsylvanian stars to join the Blue and White if he decides to stick with his pledge to PSU.

As a junior in 2005, Sukay led his team in receiving with 660 yards and eight touchdowns. In fact he managed to pull in 54 percent of the team's total passing touchdowns last season and saw action as a wideout, safety, kickoff and punt returnman and even as a punter.

This jack-of-all-trades athlete is a Scout four star safety and received All-Conference and All-League honors for his junior season performance, which was topped off by a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25" selection. On defense last year he recorded 58 tackles, six interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds with a 4.45 second forty, Sukay projects as a wide receiver or safety at the next level and could likely excel on either end of the ball. He talked about his position preference, saying, "At the 7-on-7s that we have been doing I have fun at wide receiver, but safety is really growing on me. It really doesn't matter and Penn State has talked about possibly playing both ways."

This season Sukay continued his impressive output, leading his team to a 10-1 record with a team-high 508 receiving yards on 29 receptions (17.5 YPC), which represents 68 percent of the team's total passing yardage. Sukay has also seen action on the ground with four carries for 52 yards (13 YPC) and a touchdown. He has nine touchdowns on the year and has at least one score in every game this season.

Defensively, Sukay has pulled in seven interceptions and has one fumble recovery. He also has five punt returns for 91 yards (18.2 YPR) and four kickoff returns for 102 yards (25.5 YPR).

This past weekend his GCC team knocked off Ford City 23-20 in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals. Next up his Centurion team faces Jeannette in the WPIAL Class AA Championship.

With over 40 offers from programs like West Virginia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, Sukay ultimately chose the Nittany Lions, but whether he becomes the most recent in a long line of Pittsburghers to don Blue and White along with fellow WPIAL standout Jon Ditto remains to be seen.

When asked about his decision to become a Nitany Lion, he said, "It all came down to where I fit in better. I have always had a passion for Penn State football. When I came to the Ohio State game last year and saw 110,000 fans I knew then that's where I wanted to be. I have never seen anything like that in my life. I can't wait to get out on that field."

However recently he told FOS last week, "I am still committed to Penn State, but I am exploring my options right now."

Sukay is planning on becoming one of those early enrollees, a path that current Penn State standouts like Dan Connor, Derrick Williams and Justin King all took. As he said, "I'm just trying to get a head start. I'm not saying I'll play as a freshman, but you never know."

Catch up with other Class of 2007 members:

Jon Ditto
Andrew Dailey
Chris Colasanti


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