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O'Brien, Penn State staff optimistic about Nittany Lions' recruiting trail

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FILE - In this April 20, 2013, file photo, Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien answers questions during a news conference following their spring NCAA college football scrimmage in State College, Pa. Penn State has 67 scholarship football players on its roster and O'Brien said Wednesday, May 8, that he sees no reason why that will change significantly by the time the season starts on Aug. 31. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) (The Associated Press)

Penn State is hitting the football recruiting trail hard with coaches visiting close to 200 schools in the first two weeks of the May recruiting period.

Coach Bill O'Brien gave the update Thursday at Penn State's branch campus in DuBois. It was the first stop of the last day of the school's two-week coaches caravan.

O'Brien feels good about recruiting, even with limited scholarship spots. The Nittany Lions also are recruiting for the expanded walk-on program to help fill depth.

O'Brien and other coaches have also been appreciative of fan support. The intent of the caravan was to thank the alumni and other loyal backers, as well as help ticket sales.

Attendance at Penn State football was down last season. Football revenue helps support the other sports at the school.