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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
O'Brien hits recruiting trail in western Pa.

By Josh Moyer

Bill O'Brien visited several high schools around Beaver County on Wednesday -- and one school saw four players earn invitations to Penn State's upcoming junior day.

O'Brien stopped by Aliquippa (Pa.) and briefly chatted with ESPN Watch List prospect Dravon Henry, tailback Terry Swanson, linebacker Donovan Cobb and defensive tackle Jaleel Fields. Swanson and Henry's father said the quartet planned to attend the Feb. 23 junior day.

"I knew he was coming, because I talked to Coach [Charlie] Fisher over the weekend, so it wasn't a surprise," Swanson said. "But he talked with us, and I appreciate that. It's a good school to go to."

Swanson said Pitt is his top school right now, but PSU is either at No. 2 or No. 3. Only Henry currently has a PSU offer -- he holds double-digit offers -- but his father said he'd prefer to stay within a four-hour drive of home.

"I know Coach Fisher's been going pretty hard at him," Henry's father, Roland said. "So it's something he's considering."

The coaching staff attended Aliquippa's state championship game in Hershey last month, and Fisher stood near the Quips' sideline to watch several players. Henry's the player most schools are after, but the storied program boasts quite a few prospects.

Swanson earned his first offer, from Temple, about two weeks ago. Fields said at least 15 schools are currently interested in him, and Cobb is expected to earn a few FBS scholarships in the future.