Four-star Tate and Andrew Rapapleia grew up watching former Penn State Tight and Pat Freermouth play in high school, and now Milton (Mass.) Milton Academy star is following in his footsteps. Radapleia, who was committed to Michigan in mid-January, broke his promise after visiting the State College campus a few weeks ago.
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What are the Nitani Lions getting?
Rappleyea is a very athletic and well rounded tight end that should be able to contribute to a crime in a variety of ways. He has shown the ability to stretch the field and outdo the linebackers in the open field. He uses his length to his advantage as a pass catcher, showing the ability to catch the ball from his body and the ability to box out defenders. Rappleyea is not a high end route runner but he should be able to improve in this area with coaching to the next level. He is a willing and technically sound blocker who can stand on the ground with his hands up. The replay needs to be stronger and he can be counted in this area before he has to fill his frame at the next level.
Why is it big for Nitani lions
Landing in Penn State is a big step for the Rappleyea Nitani Lions. He was overwhelmed when he received his Michigan offer, and Wolverine’s commitment was nothing short of astonishing. The Penn State coaches have always had a great relationship with Raphael and his family, so when he visited again a few weeks ago, it must have raised some eyebrows. In the end, it is the relationship that seems to have won over Radhapleia and her family. Joining Joey Schlaffer and Matthias Burnwell, he is now the third solid edge to commit to this cycle in Penn State. James Franklin and his staff now occupy fourth place in the rival team rankings.