Although it is not an easy task to graduate early from high school to get a headstart at Penn State, the PSU coaches have shown a knack for eyeing early impact players and getting them on campus early. For the Class of 2007, Scout four-star safety prospect Nick Sukay joins fellow incoming freshman Jon Ditto as the most recent early enrollees for the Nittany Lions. Both Sukay and Ditto will room together this coming semester. Spring classes begin on Tuesday, January 16.
"I head up to campus on Sunday. I can't wait," Sukay told Fight On State.
Currently at 200 pounds, Sukay is anxious to kick off his collegiate career. When asked about where the PSU staff would like him to be with his weight this off -season he said, "They are saying they would like me to get up to around 210 [pounds] or so."
He has focused on his strength, lifting practically everyday, typically six times per week, since he senior season wrapped up at Greensburg Central Catholic. He has also been working on getting his speed "ready" for the next level of competition he expects at PSU.
Sukay also talked about how the Lions closed out the 2006 season against Tennessee in the Outback Bowl last week. "I thought it was a really good game," He explained. "I thought the defense played great and they ended up turning the game around for PSU."
Sukay also discussed his personal goals for the off-season once he arrives on campus, saying, "Getting faster and more explosive is my first priority. I am also looking to put on about 10 pounds of solid muscle, but I do not want to lose any of the speed that I have."
Sukay expects to methodically approach his weight addition, adding the size gradually as to preserve his speed, which is said to be a key to his success on the football field.
In terms of the secondary, we asked him to assess his own potential impact and how he feels he will fit in with the unit from the get-go. As he explained, "I'm not exactly sure how I'll fit in yet with the defensive backs, but I do know I'll bring some heart and desire to an already good secondary unit."