- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Penn State refuses to give up on its two top uncommitted in-state targets -- and arguably top two overall targets -- despite playing from behind since July.
Earlier this week, Penn State assistant coach Charles London was in Philadelphia coaxing ESPN 150 running back David Williams to take a visit. Following that stop at Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia, London boarded a plane for Pittsburgh.
Just a few miles south of Pittsburgh down the Monongahela River is Clairton, home of Tyler Boyd, the No. 161 prospect in the ESPN 300.
London and Nittany Lions receivers coach Stan Hixon are at Clairton as the Bears practice for the PIAA Class A semifinal Friday. London and Hixon will then head to Boyd's home for an in-home visit.
The staff is desperately trying to earn a visit from the four-star Boyd -- official or unofficial -- so he can reconnect with coach Bill O'Brien, who he built a strong relationship with this spring and summer but has not talked to as much recently.
It appears the Lions' best chance at landing a visit could be the weekend of Dec. 14 following the PIAA Class A final, which the Bears will almost certainly play in. The game is in Hershey, Pa., about 90 minutes southeast of State College. Following that weekend is a dead period, and Boyd wants to announce Jan. 5 at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Boyd, No. 17 among athletes nationally, is planning to officially visit West Virginia this coming weekend and took a visit to Pitt the weekend of Dec. 16.
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