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PSU recruits guide in PIAA: Class A

12/16/2012

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Bill O'Brien chatted with fans and took several photos Saturday, as he and nearly all of his staff scouted prospects over the state title weekend.

NittanyNation personally saw all but three coaches -- John Strollo, Ted Roof, Larry Johnson -- and the only coach's attendance that could not be immediately confirmed was Roof. Not a bad turnout for Penn State, who clearly had the most coaches there.

Some recruits definitely caught their attention of this staff. NittanyNation first runs through the performance of each target who played in Friday's Class A title game and what he showed Penn State:

Class A championship: Clairton 20, Dunmore 0

ATH Tyler Boyd, four stars, ESPN 300

Clairton (Pa.), 6-1, 175 pounds, Class of 2013

Competing schools: Arizona, Pitt, Michigan State, Rutgers, West Virginia

Stats: On offense, he had 20 carries for 117 yards with a touchdown and three catches for 50 yards. On defense, he had an interception and a tackle for loss.

What he showed Penn State: Boyd's performances are usually defined by big plays and long runs. On Friday, he was somewhat bottled up and instead got into a slow-but-steady rhythm. He had just two runs go for longer than 10 yards, but he was still clearly the best player on the field. The staff already has him listed as a priority for this class, so Boyd didn't need to show much more. He's considering a visit in January, but nothing's yet set in stone. The main competition for PSU is Pitt.

OT James McHale

Dunmore (Pa.), 6-6, 289, Class of 2014

Competing schools: Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin

Stats: McHale's offense ran 37 plays for 115 net yards. He allowed no sacks.

What he showed Penn State: McHale was the biggest player on the field, a full helmet taller than most players. His size was definitely difficult to ignore; Dunmore's offense simply struggled because of Clairton's speed. McWhorter visited his high school not too long ago and was again on the sideline Friday. McHale has high interest in PSU.