Nick Sukay felt the electricity at Beaver Stadium during the Ohio State-Penn State game last fall, and he immediately knew he wanted to be part of it.
The Greensburg Central Catholic star made it official Monday, making a verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions. “The atmosphere was just amazing,” Sukay said. “There was nothing else like it. Ever since then, I’ve had a passion to play for Penn State. When I went up and visited, it felt like it was the right fit for me, so I’m happy with my decision.”
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver-safety, rated one of the nation’s top 100 players, had 39 scholarship offers and chose Penn State over finalists Pitt and Notre Dame.
“It was real tough to pick,” Sukay said. “You have to look at every scenario. All the other schools were great, and I was grateful they offered me. In the end, I felt most comfortable with Penn State.”
And he won’t waste any time getting there. Sukay started taking an English writing class last night so he can graduate from GCC in December and enroll at Penn State in time to participate in spring drills.
Sukay is the third GCC player to commit to a Division I program this spring, joining Syracuse recruits quarterback Cody Catalina and running back-safety Max Suter.
Sukay was a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 10, All-WPIAL Class AA and all-state selection last season, when he had 29 receptions for 660 yards and eight touchdowns and 58 tackles, seven forced fumbles and six interceptions in leading the Centurions to their first WPIAL Class AA final. In his career, Sukay has 65 receptions for 1,328 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has 17 total touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
“Nick’s one of the best players I’ve ever coached,” GCC coach Muzzy Colosimo said. “He does everything he possibly can to make himself a better football player. He’s very dedicated to the program. He’s everything you want as a coach. Those are the type of kids you win football games with.”
Sukay’s reputation soared this spring when he impressed scouts at skills combines and drew national rankings from recruiting services. Scout.com ranks Sukay its No. 74 prospect and No. 7 safety nationally. Rivals.com ranks him No. 94 overall and its No. 11 receiver.
Sukay isn’t sure where he’ll play at Penn State.
“I’m going to take whatever one I’m going to get a shot at first,” Sukay said. “They’re leaving it up to me. They’ve talked about playing both ways, playing slot receiver and nickel back.”
Penn State was one of the last schools to offer Sukay a scholarship, waiting until late last month. But his sister, Erica, will be a sophomore at University Park, and Sukay felt comfortable during his unofficial visits there.
Even so, he visited Pitt and Notre Dame in the past two weeks to solidify his decision.
“I kind of had an idea that I wanted to go there,” Sukay said of Penn State. “To an extent, I was making sure. I was open-minded about everything.”