Schwan Song: DE Picks Penn State

At the end of a long recruiting process, the Pennsylvania native announces for the Nittany Lions. We get the lowdown on why he's staying in state.

Penn State has been on the radar of defensive end Evan Schwan of Central Dauphin High in Harrisburg, Pa, for quite some time.

"I've been in contact with Coach (Larry) Johnson since I went to the Penn State summer camp two years ago," Schwan said. "But I fell off their radar when I got injured my junior year."

Even though Schwan had offers from Connecticut, Rutgers, Iowa and Kent State, there was one he was holding out for.

"That first time that Coach Johnson called me I really couldn't believe it," Schwan said. "It was so surreal."

Johnson, Penn State's defensive line coach, had one key thing to discuss with Schwan.

"He told me he saw my highlight film," Schwan said. "Then he told me he wanted me to take an official visit."

Schwan took that official visit the weekend before signing day, and the rest is history.

"The first thing that made me commit was Penn State's excellent academics," Schwan said. "I had a really great conversation with an academic adviser at the Smeal School of Business."

He continued, "She really did a great job explaining different disciplines in the school."

But that wasn't the only reason Schwan chose Penn State.

"The second reason was the athletics, of course," Schwan said. "I have all the confidence in the world in the new coaching staff."

As well as his position coach.

"Coach Johnson is one of — if not THE — greatest defensive line coaches in the country," Schwan said. "Plus, he's just an all-around great human being."

He added, "It's going to be a privilege to be coached by him."

Even though new head coach Bill O'Brien wasn't in State College for the visit while helping the New England Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl, Schwan got to "meet" him.

"I committed during a conference call with Coach O'Brien during lunch on Saturday," Schwan said.

O'Brien had some strong words for Schwan.

"He said that he, along with the other coaches, wanted me to be a Nittany Lion," Schwan said. "And I came out and told him I wanted to be a Nittany Lion."

And so Schwan became the 19th commit of Penn State's class of 2012, just four days before signing day.


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