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Aliquippa's Terry Swanson celebrates after scoring during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class AA championship game against South Fayette Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Heinz Field.
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Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 4:18 p.m.

When Terry Swanson took an official visit to Toledo this past weekend, Rockets coaches showed him film of how they would feature him in their offense.

That was a selling point to the Aliquippa running back, who spent four years sharing carries with classmate Dravon Henry in forming the most prolific backfield in WPIAL history.

Swanson chose Toledo over Akron and Delaware. He also had scholarship offers from fellow Mid-American Conference schools Kent State and Ohio as well as Temple and FCS schools Duquesne, Robert Morris, James Madison, Massachusetts and Stony Brook.

“I had a great feeling that this was the place to be,” Swanson said. “They plan to play me at running back and have plans to use me early. I knew that this was a great spot.”

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Swanson was a four-year starter at tailback for the Quips, rushing for 4,333 career yards. He ran for 1,708 yards and 23 touchdowns on 142 carries (12.03 yards per) as a senior in leading the Quips to the WPIAL Class AA championship game. Swanson played on two WPIAL championship teams and a pair of runners-up. Swanson and Henry became the first backfield tandem in WPIAL history each to break the 4,000-yard mark. Swanson also was a two-year starter at safety for the Quips but hopes to become the featured running back at Toledo.

“It was very compelling,” Swanson said. “I'm not a selfish person. I'll do whatever the team needs. I have a passion for playing running back. I feel like I'm an all-around back, with speed, power and agility, and I can block. I feel that's what separates me. I feel like I have the whole package as a running back.”

Swanson is the first of three Aliquippa players to announce his college choice this week. Henry, a defensive back who is regarded as one of the state's top players, is expected to choose between Pitt and West Virginia on Monday. Lineman Jaleel Fields is scheduled to choose among Cincinnati, Purdue and West Virginia on Wednesday.

Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

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