Courtesy of Temple Athletics
PHILADELPHIA â€“ The Temple University Football Program, under the leadership of fifth-year head coach Al Golden, signed 27 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
Geographically, the states best represented in the Owl class are Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with nine student-athletes listing their hometowns in the Keystone state and nine hailing from the Garden State. Nine signees hail from Southeastern Pennsylvania, including eight from the Philadelphia metro area. Golden is holding true to pursuing a MAC title with local talent by signing numerous Pennsylvania and New Jersey players.
Additionally, four signees hail from Virginia, while five signees are from New York (2), Maryland (2), and Florida (1). In groupings, 20 signees are from the tri-state area and six from the DC metro area.
Four of Templeâ€™s signees are already enrolled as mid-year students. Twelve of the 28 served as team captains (43%), while 18 of the 23 high school signees attended the Al Golden Football Camp (78 %).
The Owls begin spring practice on Tuesday, March 16 in preparation for their fourth season of Mid-American Conference play in 2010. The squadâ€™s annual Cherry & White spring game is slated for Saturday, April 17. Temple (9-4, 7-1 MAC) concluded the 2009 season with a trip to the EagleBank Bowl, its first bowl appearance in 30 years. The Owls won a single-season record nine consecutive games en route to the MAC East co-championship.
2010 Temple Football National Letter of Intent Signees
Name Pos. Elig. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School / Other
Olaniyi Adewole LB Fr. 6-2 220 Drexel Hill, Pa. Upper Darby
Antonio Belt WR Fr. 5-11 157 Forestville, Md. Forestville Military Academy
Wyatt Benson LB Fr. 6-0 215 Philadelphia, Pa. Haverford School
Brian Burns DB Fr. 6-0 170 Bowie, Md. Riverdale Baptist
Taray Carey DE Fr. 6-2 210 Whitehall, Pa. Whitehall
Joe Cenatiempo OL Fr. 6-7 315 Glen Mills, Pa. Garnet Valley
Andrew Cerett P Fr. 6-5 240 Huntingdon, Pa. Huntingdon Area
Desmond Coble WR/KR Fr. 5-10 175 Richmond, Va. Meadowbrook
Sean Daniels DE Fr. 6-3 220 Blackwood, N.J. Highland Regional
Marquise Goods DB Fr. 5-11 175 Orange, N.J. Orange
Elijah Grant # OL Fr. 6-6 340 Piscataway, N.J. Piscataway / Fork Union MA
Aaron Hush # * DE Fr. 6-4 265 Piscataway, N.J. Piscataway / Fork Union MA
Tyler Johnson TE Fr. 6-5 240 Ringwood, N.J. Lakeland Regional
Zamel Johnson * DB R-Fr. 6-0 165 Staten Island, N.Y. Port Richmond / Hofstra
Adam Metz OL Fr. 6-5 310 Hummelstown, Pa. Lower Dauphin
Deon Miller # * WR Fr. 6-5 205 Highland Springs, Va. Highland Springs / Fork Union MA
Jaimen Newman DE Fr. 6-4 250 Colonial Heights, Va. Matoaca
Connor Reilly QB Fr. 6-2 180 Fairfax, Va. W.T. Woodson
Anthony Robey DB Fr. 5-10 175 Norristown, Pa. Norristown Area
Myron Ross RB Fr. 6-1 205 Ambler, Pa. Wissahickon
Darryl Shine WR/KR Jr. 5-10 185 Orlando, Fla. Jones / Fullerton College
Gerald Silvera WR Fr. 6-0 180 West Orange, N.J. West Orange
Nate Smith LB Fr. 6-0 220 Highland Park, N.J. Highland Park
Rod Streater * WR Jr. 6-4 185 Burlington, N.J. Burlington Township / Alfred State
Martin Wallace OL R-So. 6-6 295 New York, N.Y. Beacon School / Northeastern
Hershey Walton OL Fr. 6-4 320 Reading, Pa. Reading
Dante Weaver DT Fr. 6-2 320 New Brunswick, N.J. New Brunswick