PSU recruits guide in PIAA: Class AA


HERSHEY, Pa. -- NittanyNation was at the state title games over the weekend, checking in on PSU targets and seeing how they fared.

Here's a look at recruits who played on Saturday in the Class AA championship game, their performances and what they showed Penn State:

Class AA championship: Wyomissing 17, Aliquippa 14

RB Dravon Henry, ESPN Watch List

Aliquippa (Pa.), 5-11, 181, Class of 2014

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

Stats: He carried the ball 22 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he had five tackles.

What he showed Penn State: He holds eight offers for a reason, and Penn State iss considering whether to add to that list. And, if it was looking for more reason to offer him, Saturday definitely seemed to help Henry's case. He showed a nice blend of speed and power and, at some points -- such as his 10-yard touchdown scamper -- he ran so smoothly that it was difficult to tell whether he was untouched among a group of defenders or whether they just bounced off him. A PSU offer wouldn't be a surprise after that performance.

DT Jaleel Fields

Aliquippa (Pa.), 6-3, 240, Class of 2014

Competing schools: Pitt, Temple, Michigan State, Ohio State, West Virginia

Stats: He had six tackles and one tackle for loss.

What he showed Penn State: He obviously needs to add some bulk to play interior in college, but he showed a lot of strength Saturday. ESPN 150 RB/LB Alex Anzalone had trouble rushing up the middle, and Fields had four solo tackles in the game. He said after the game he's definitely interested in the Nittany Lions.

RB Terry Swanson

Aliquippa (Pa.), 6-0, 200, Class of 2014

Competing schools: Pitt, Toledo

Stats: He rushed 14 times for 126 yards and fumbled once. He had three solo tackles on defense.

What he showed Penn State: He might not be a Plan-A tailback, but Swanson actually outshined Henry in some respects. He had a 32-yard run that turned some heads, and he showed he's definitely an athletic player.

K Jonah Bowman, unrated

Wyomissing (Pa.), 6-0, 190, Class of 2013

Competing schools: Richmond, Villanova

Stats: 1-of-1 on field goals (long of 52), 2-of-2 on extra points, two touchbacks on three kickoffs.

What he showed Penn State: All right, technically, he's not a PSU target. At least he wasn't before Saturday. But, after O'Brien stood in the end zone and watched Bowman launch a 52-yard field goal through the uprights with about five yards to spare, Bowman deserves to be on this list. He might have caught O'Brien's eye, and he still hasn't made a college decision. He said he once kicked a field goal 62 yards in a camp, and he broke the PIAA state championship record for longest field goal. That's a good way to improve your stock.