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Where the Locals Landed

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Training camps are open across the NFL and dozens of rookies are trying to buck the odds and earn a roster spot, including nearly two dozen with ties to western or central Pennsylvania.

Penn State and West Virginia each landed six players on NFL training camp rosters, while Pitt placed four and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference three. Five WPIAL players—Fox Chapel's Miles Dieffenbach, Altoona's Julian Howsare, Canon-Mac's Mike Hull, South Allegheny's Jesse James and Beaver Falls' Todd Thomas—will get a chance to earn a place in the league this season.

Donovan Smith, OT, BUCCANEERS - second round
Adrian Amos, S, BEARS - fifth round
Jesse James (South Allegheny HS), TE, STEELERS - fifth round
Deion Barnes, LB, JETS - undrafted free agent
Miles Dieffenbach (Fox Chapel HS), OL, Penn State - STEELERS
Mike Hull (Canon-McMillan HS), LB, DOLPHINS - undrafted free agent

Kevin White, WR, BEARS - first round
Mark Glowinski, OG, SEAHAWKS - fourth round
Shaq Riddick, OLB, CARDINALS - fifth round
Mario Alford, WR, BENGALS - seventh round
Dreamius Smith, RB, CHARGERS - undrafted free agent
Quinton Spain, OG, TITANS - undrafted free agent

T.J. Clemmings, OT, VIKINGS - fourth round
Matt Rotheram, OG, PACKERS - undrafted free agent
Todd Thomas (Beaver Falls HS), LB, JAGUARS - undrafted free agent
Ray Vinopal, S, COWBOYS - undrafted free agent

Trevor Harman, WR, Shippensburg (Cumberland Valley HS), CARDINALS - undrafted free agent
Julian Howsare, LB, Clarion (Altoona HS), JETS - undrafted free agent
Justin Shirk, ILB, Bloomsburg (Central Dauphin HS), COLTS - undrafted free agent

Ben Koyack (Oil City HS), TE, Notre Dame, JAGUARS - seventh round

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