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Penn State All 105: Pittsburgh Product Anthony Speca Looking to Become Part of LBU Lore

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Penn State has produced plenty of quality players from the Pittsburgh area and plenty of quality linebackers from multiple states, and Anthony Speca fits both descriptions.

Four players who helped make “Linebacker U” what it’s become: LaVar Arrington, Brandon Short, Paul Posluzsny and Sean Lee— all came from the Pittsburgh area.

Arrington came from North Hills, Short from McKeesport, Posluzsny from Aliquippa (Hopewell High School) and Lee from Upper St. Clair.

Speca comes from Pittsburgh Central Catholic, and he’s not the only ex-Viking to be starting his Penn State football journey in 2024. Speca is the latest subject of All 105, a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player.

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 220 pounds

Hometown: Bridgeville, Pennsylvania 

Before Penn State: Anthony Speca had a successful career at Pittsburgh Central Catholic, where he teamed with fellow Penn State Class of 2024 signee Peter Gonzalez. The Vikings went to the WPIAL championship game in each of Speca’s four seasons, winning the title in his freshman season of 2020. Speca was an all-conference performer in three of his four seasons, earning first-team honors as a senior. That season, he finished with a team-high 94 tackles, also contributing five sacks, 17 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, a fumble recovery and two blocked field goals. By the time he finished his career, he was Central’s all-time leading tackler, ending with 326. He committed to Penn State in January 2023.

Where he stands: Anthony Speca is behind veterans Kobe King and Tyler Elsdon at middle linebacker. King is Penn State’s clear starter at the position and Elsdon’s slated to back him up. It’s expected that Penn State will only use linebackers more often than not in, with King and Tony Rojas being the leading men. So game might be hard to come by for Speca right away, but he’ll have his chances to impress the coaching staff behind the scenes.

A quote by Speca: “I chose Penn State because it has everything I’m looking for. It’s got the academics, the staff, the culture, the players and it’s all in state. It felt right when I was there. It felt like home.” — Speca to 247Sports after his commitment.

A quote about Speca: ”Verified size but did not test on the camp circuit. Highly productive player averaged more than 12 tackles a game as a junior. Physically advanced and possesses strength and mentality to get on field quickly in college. Muscular build throughout frame. Plays middle linebacker in Central Catholic’s 4-3 scheme. Excels as a downhill player in shooting gaps and disrupting plays. Playing style built as a run stopper who is physical between the tackles. Willing to take on big running backs in the hole. Capable blitzer who is smart with his assignments. Is able to sift through traffic and locate ball carrier. Adept at stacking and shedding. Reliable tackler who hits with force and goes through player. Strong lower body shows in way he explodes into ball carrier, and with standing up the runner. Understands depth drops in zone passing defense. Smart player and is able to transfer film study onto field. Plays with effort and intensity. Quick to diagnose plays and is fast in reacting. Does not shy away from competition or contact. Has to continue to work on speed to get to sideline against elite competition. Has to continue to develop lower body flexibility to help with leverage and change of direction, especially when blitzing. Multi-year starter at high-level college program. Has NFL draft potential.” — 247Sports’ Brian Dohn’s scouting report.

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