Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Temple signs 27

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 Temple’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 squad’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.

Temple football coach Al Golden is inviting the University community to participate in the activities. All Temple students, faculty, and staff are invited to the press conference discussing the 2010 recruiting class signees today at 3:45 p.m. at the Howard Gittis Student Center. The event is FREE. Watch live video streaming of the press conference here at www.OwlSports.com.


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

* Mid-year transfers
# signed with Temple in 2009


Olaniyi Adewole
LB • Freshman • 6-2 • 220
Drexel Hill, Pa. • Upper Darby HS

pronounced Knee Add-a-wall

High School:
Team captain … attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp … played linebacker for coach Rich Gentile at Upper Darby Senior HS … first-team All-Central League honoree … second-team All-Delaware County selection … as a senior, had 137 tackles, seven sacks, and an interception … selected to play in the Hero Bowl … two-year letterwinner in wrestling … also a three-year letterwinner in track … selected Temple over Akron, Buffalo, Columbia, and Vanderbilt.

Personal:
Olaniyi Oluwatobi Adewole … born October 15, 1991, in Nashville, Tenn. … nickname is Niyi … mother is Florence Adewole … has two older brothers-- Kunle (27) and Tunde (22) … plans to study engineering.


Antonio Belt
WR • Freshman • 5-11 • 157
Forestville, Md. • Forestville Military Academy

High School:
Three-star prospect by Scout.com … played quarterback, wide receiver, and cornerback for coach Charles Harley at Forestville Military Academy … only played football with the Knights for three seasons … as a junior, had 11 touchdown receptions … as a sophomore, had four touchdowns and returned two interceptions … also played basketball … selected Temple over Maryland and Michigan State.






Wyatt Benson
LB • Freshman • 6-0 • 215
Philadelphia, Pa. • The Haverford School

High School:
Team captain … attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp ... two-time first-team All-Inter-Ac and two-time first-team All-Delco honoree … 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer first-team Southeastern Pennsylvania linebacker … 2009 first-team All-Mainline … 2009 Mainline Football Player of the Year … first-team All-City and first-team All-State … played linebacker and fullback for coach Mike Murphy at The Haverford School … finished his prep career with 663 rushing yards, 217 receiving yards, 16 touchdowns, and 210 tackles … in 2009, helped squad to a 7-3 record and first-place finish in the Inter-Academic League for the first time since 1971 … as a senior, led the team with 69 tackles and had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown … also rushed for 327 yards and eight touchdowns on 48 carries … as a junior, twice selected as the team’s Player of the Week … as a sophomore in 2007, named the team’s Most Improved Player … played in the 2009 New Jersey All-Star Classic, Delco Hero Bowl, and Global Bowl … also a four-year letterwinner in track, earning second-team All-Mainline in 2008 … recipient of the 2008 Frank R. Ewing Award and Princeton Prize in Race Relations … two-year student council vice president, peer counseling president, diversity alliance president, prom committee president … also a two-year member of the character mentorship program … selected Temple over Stanford, Pittsburgh, and Akron … first player to commit to Temple’s 2010 class.

Personal:
Wyatt Lydell Benson, Jr. … born March 20, 1992, in Philadelphia … parents are Wyatt L. Benson, Sr., and Tanya Bassknight … has three brothers-- Shane Thornton (24), Sam Thompson (15), and Chris Benson (15)-- and a sister, Tiyana Benson (21) … lived next door to fellow Temple signee Brian Burns in Southwest Philadelphia … plans to study criminal justice or psychology … would like to go to law school.


Brian Burns
DB • Freshman • 6-0 • 170
Bowie, Md. • Riverdale Baptist HS

High School:
Team captain … attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp ... 2009 second-team All-State at wide receiver … two-time All-Prince George County selection and two-time ESPNRISE Sportswriters honorable mention All-State pick … ESPNRISE Dream Team selection … three-year starter for coach Bob Shields at Riverdale Baptist HS … played cornerback and wide receiver … as a senior, amassed 1,000 all-purpose yards, 40 tackles, three interceptions, and eight touchdowns …as a junior, had 40 tackles, including 30 solos, and six interceptions, which ranked fourth in the state … also carried the ball 42 times for 402 yards and three touchdowns … had four kickoff returns for 98 yards and eight punt returns for 160 yards … team won the 2008 National Association of Christian Athletes national championship … named the team’s 2008 defensive MVP … named to the 2008 National Association of Christian Athletes all-tournament team at defensive back … as a sophomore, had 39 solo tackles and six interceptions, which ranked second in Maryland, according to MaxPreps … as a freshman, recipient of the Crusaders Athletic Award for Leadership … participated in the Crab Bowl game, pitting the best players from Maryland against the best players from the Washington, D.C., area … also a two-year letterwinner in track … played one season of basketball and baseball … three-year Honor Roll student … volunteered as a youth football counselor and referee as well as working with a feed the homeless ministry … selected Temple over New Mexico, Maryland, West Virginia, Rutgers, and NC State.

Personal:
Brian Keith Burns III … born July 13, 1992, in Bowie, Md. … parents are Brian and Renea Burns … has a younger brother, Justin … father played football for one year and ran track for four years at N.C. State … lived next door to fellow Temple signee Wyatt Benson in Southwest Philadelphia … intends to study communications.


Taray Carey
DE • Freshman • 6-2 • 210
Whitehall, Pa. • Whitehall HS

pronounced tah-RAY carry

High School:
Team captain … attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp … three-year starter for coach Tony Trisciani at Whitehall HS … All-State honoree … earned All-Conference honors at both tight end and defensive end … helped team to a 7-5 mark as a senior en route to the Eastern Division championship of the Lehigh Valley Conference … as a junior, had 55 tackles, 15 TFL, and nine sacks … also wrestled, competing in the 2009 PIAA Regional Championships in the 189-lb. weight class … ranked Top 5 in the state in wrestling, No. 1 in the conference and Eastern Pa. … three-year wrestling team captain … Honor Roll student … freshman class president … selected Temple over Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Connecticut, and Boston College.

Personal:
Taray D. Carey … born March 2, 1991, in New Brunswick, N.J. … guardians are Mike and Jane Dolin … has two brothers-- Jovan Harrison (20, TT Harrison (9)-- and two sisters-- Taquera Carey (16) and Nia Carey (9) … cousins are fellow Temple signee Nate Smith and L.J. Smith, TE for the Baltimore Ravens … business major.


Joe Cenatiempo
OL • Freshman • 6-7 • 315
Glen Mills, Pa. • Garnet Valley HS

High School:
Played left guard and defensive tackle for coach Mike Ricci at Garnet Valley HS … 2009 All-Central League Honorable Mention selection … team won back-to-back Central League championships in 2008 and 2009.

Personal:
Joseph C. Cenatiempo … born November 3, 1991, in Springfield, Pa. … parents are Joseph J. Cenatiempo and Connie Cenatiempo … has two brothers-- Jon (15) and Brandon (8)-- and two sisters-- Lyndsay (26) and Nina (12)-- would like to study computer science.


Andrew Cerett
P • Freshman • 6-5 • 240
Huntingdon, Pa. • Huntingdon Area HS

pronounced SIR-ette

High School:
Team captain … attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp … ranked eighth nationally by Scout.com at punter … three-time all-MAC Conference and two-time All-State honoree … earned All-Area accolades in 2009, helping his team to a 7-4 record … three-year starter for coach Jim Zauzig at Huntingdon Area HS … saw action at punter and defensive tackle … as a senior, had 39 punts, averaging 42.2 yards … his long was 61yards … 13 landed inside the 20 … also had 67 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 10 TFL, four break-ups, and three forced fumbles … selected for the East/West All-Star game … also played baseball and volleyball … selected Temple over Illinois and Louisville.

Personal:
Andrew Thomas Cerett … born November 20, 1991, in Huntingdon, Pa. … parents are Tom and Brenda Cerett … has an older brother Jared Donelson (19) and a younger sister Carrie Cerett (16) … would like to teach and coach.


Desmond Coble
WR/KR • Freshman • 5-10 • 175
Richmond, Va. • Meadowbrook HS

High School:
2009 Virginia Preps AAA All-State honoree … 2009 All-Metro Quarterback and Offensive Player of the Year … 2009 Central Region Offensive Player of the Year and 2009 Central District Offensive Player of the Year … played quarterback for coaches Troy Taylor and Bill Bowles at Meadowbrook HS … in prep career, passed for 4,639 yards and 46 touchdowns while rushing for 2,524 yards and 34 touchdowns … as a senior, led his team to a 9-1 record … passed for 1,324 yards and 11 touchdowns … also rushed for 1,094 yards and 15 touchdowns … 2008 Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro Team honoree … first-team All-Group AAA Utility, first-team All-Central Region, and All-State in 2008 … as a junior, threw for 1,533 yards and 16 touchdowns … also rushed for 1,082 yards and 12 touchdowns … defensively, had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown … named Student of the Year in 2006 … selected Temple over North Carolina, Duke, and West Virginia.

Personal:
Desmond Andre Coble II … goes by Andre … born March 7, 1992, in Richmond, Va. … parents are Stephanie and Desmond Coble … has an older sister Britni (28) … uncle Tyson Coble, Jr., played baseball at Shaw University.


Sean Daniels
DE • Freshman • 6-3 • 220
Blackwood, N.J. • Highland Regional HS

High School:
Played outside linebacker for coach Craig Stinson at Highland Regional HS … as a senior, rushed for 1,365 yards and 14 touchdowns on 155 carries … also had 61 tackles, including 35 solos, 3.5 sacks, four break-ups, two fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble … also a letterwinner in basketball and track … threw the shot put for the track team … selected Temple over Iowa.

Personal:
Parents are Carlene and Mike Daniels … older brother Mike plays defensive line at Iowa … interested in studying business.


Marquise Goods
DB • Freshman • 5-11 • 175
Orange, N.J. • Orange HS

pronounced MAR-keese

High School:
Attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp … two-time first-team All-Super Essex Conference selection … 2009 first-team All-State and first-team All-Area pick … played for coach Randy Daniel at Orange HS for two seasons … as a junior, had 107 tackles, two interceptions, nine break-ups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … also lettered in track and field … champion in the 100 meters, 2000 meters, and 4x400 meter races … selected Temple over Akron.

Personal:
Marquise Y. Goods … born September 9, 1991, in Newark, N.J. … mother is Stacey Goods … has two older sisters and three younger brothers … cousin is former Temple RB Lamar McPherson … business major.


Elijah Grant
OL • Freshman • 6-6 • 340
Piscataway, N.J. • Piscataway HS • Fork Union Military Academy

Postgraduate:
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com… played one season for coach John Shuman at Fork Union Military Academy… joins FUMA teammates Aaron Hush and Deon Miller as Temple signees.

High School:
Attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp … two-way lineman for coach Dan Higgins at Piscataway HS … started at right tackle … helped the Chiefs to an 11-1 record en route to the 2008 North Jersey Section II Group IV title … participated in the Chuck Mound Challenge at the Meadowlands.

Personal:
Born July 8, 1991 ... parents are Diane and Floyd Grant ... joins fellow Piscataway and Fork Union teammate Aaron Hush as a Temple signee.


Aaron Hush
DE • Freshman • 6-4 • 265
Piscataway, N.J. • Piscataway HS • Fork Union Military Academy

Postgraduate:
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com … two-star prospect by Scout.com … played one season for coach John Shuman at Fork Union Military Academy… joins FUMA teammates Elijah Grant and Deon Miller as Temple signees.

High School:
Team captain ... attended the 2008 Al Golden Football Camp ... played defensive end and tight end for coach Dan Higgins at Piscataway HS … as a senior, had six sacks and 27 TFL … Newark Star-Ledger first-team All-State honoree and Middlesex County Player of the Year ... 2008 Home News Tribune Defensive Player of the Year and All-Area selection … as a junior, had 65 tackles and seven sacks while helping the Chiefs to the North 2 Group IV Championship … competed in the BigTime Football Showcase … participated in the 2009 New Jersey-North East All-Star Classic … also lettered in basketball … selected Temple over Akron and Iowa.

Personal:
Born April 23, 1991 ... father is Arnold May ... guardian is Lisa May ... grandmother is Mollie May ... joins fellow Piscataway and Fork Union teammate Elijah Grant as a Temple signee.


Tyler Johnson
TE • Freshman • 6-5 • 240
Ringwood, N.J. • Lakeland Regional HS

High School:
Attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp ... three-star prospect by Rivals.com … 2009 first-team All-County and first-team All-Northern Hills Conference honoree … Top 100 Player … played TE and DE for coach Tom McCormack at Lakeland Regional HS … three-year starter … as a senior had seven receptions for 177 yards and three touchdowns … as a junior, had 16 receptions for 193 yards and two touchdowns as team (11-1) advanced to the state championship game … also a two-year starter in basketball … Honor Roll student … Special Olympics volunteer … selected Temple over Rutgers, Syracuse, and Boston College.

Personal:
Tyler M. Johnson … born March 3, 1992, in Ridgewood, N.J. … nickname is Big J … parents are Mike and Lesa Johnson … has an older sister Kylea (19), who attends Fairleigh Dickinson.


Zamel Johnson
DB • R-Fr. • 6-0 • 165
Staten Island, N.Y. • Port Richmond HS • Hofstra

pronounced ZAH-mel

Transferred to Temple after one year at Hofstra which discontinued its football program ... eligible to play for the Owls immediately.

College:
Redshirted at Hofstra during the 2009 season under coach Dave Cohen.
High School: Played wide receiver and defensive back for coach Lou Vesce at Port Richmond HS … All-New York City, All-Boro, and All-Staten Island honoree ... Staten Island Advance All-Star Team selection ... as a senior in 2008, had 33 receptions for 788 yards and nine touchdowns … defensively, had 47 tackles, three interceptions, and one touchdown … also had a punt return and a kickoff return for touchdowns ... helped Port Richmond to the 2008 PSAL championship with a perfect 13-0 record ... played in the 2008 Fugazzi Bowl … played on the New York City team in the Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge in June 2009 … also ran track … 2009 Staten Island Advance All-Star ... four-year Honor Roll student.

Personal:
Zamel K. Johnson … born March 3, 1991, in Staten Island, N.Y. … nickname is Ziggy … parents are Tanya and Balign Johnson … has a younger brother-- Qaudir (17)-- and two sisters-- Genteel (13) and Sayyidan (9) … parents went to Delaware State where his father played cornerback and his mother ran track … communications major.


Adam Metz
OL • Freshman • 6-5 • 310
Hummelstown, Pa. • Lower Dauphin HS

High School:
Attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp ... selected to play in the 2010 Big 33 Game … first-team All-League from the Mid-Penn News … 2009 Mid-State Top 100 honoree … 2009 Mid-Penn first-team All-Star Lineman … played left tackle and defensive tackle for coach Rob Klock at Lower Dauphin HS … finished his prep career with 54 tackles and a sack … as a senior, had 34 tackles and a sack en route to team’s Player of the Year accolades … also a three-year letterwinner in lacrosse … selected Temple over Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and Boston College.

Personal:
Adam Michael Metz … born August 1, 1991, in Harrisburg, Pa. … parents are Lisa and Patrick Metz … has an older brother Bryan (21).


Deon Miller
WR • Freshman • 6-5 • 205
Highland Springs, Va. • Highland Springs HS • Fork Union Military Academy


Postgraduate:
Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … played two seasons for coach John Shuman at Fork Union Military Academy … had 38 receptions and eight touchdowns in 2009 … joins FUMA teammates Elijah Grant and Aaron Hush as Temple signees …joins former FUMA teammates Maurice Jones and Shahid Paulhill at Temple.

High School:
Team captain … attended the 2007 Al Golden Football Camp … played for coach Scott Burton at Highland Springs HS … ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals … first-team All-Capital District and All-Region honoree … Richmond Times-Dispatch Honorable Mention All-Metro pick … as a senior, had 29 catches for 509 yards and six touchdowns …averaged 21 yards per catch in 2007 as a senior for the Springers … also ran track … finished first in the district in the 300 hurdles, second in the district in the long (21.7) and triple (47.7) jumps … selected Temple over Connecticut.

Personal:
Deon Andre Miller … born September 18, 1989, in Virginia Beach, Va. ... mother is Latosha Lewis … has eight sisters and two brothers … sociology major.


Jaimen Newman
DE • Freshman • 6-4 • 250
Colonial Heights, Va. • Matoaca HS

High School:
Second-team All-District honoree at defensive end … All-Academic Athlete … two-year letterwinner on defense for coach Pat Manuel at Matoaca HS … had 40 tackles and 14 sacks as a senior in 2009 … as a junior, had 32 tackles and six sacks … also played basketball for two seasons … served as a coach and referee for youth sports.

Personal:
Jaimen Rashay Newman … born December 5, 1991, in Richmond, Va. … mother is Terri Newman Johnson … has a younger brother Jamar Johnson (14) … would like to pursue a career working with children and adults with mental disabilities … psychology major.


Connor Reilly
QB • Freshman • 6-2 • 180
Fairfax, Va. • W.T. Woodson HS

High School:
Team captain … attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp ... called a top “sleeper” by Scouts Inc.’s Tom Luginbill ... played quarterback and punter for coach TreyTaylor at W.T. Woodson HS … 2009 first-team All-Patriot District Athlete … 2008 and 2009 second-team All-Patriot District honoree at quarterback… team’s 2009 MVP … team’s 2008 Outstanding Offensive Back … led team to 11-2 record in 2009, Patriot District championship, and regional playoffs … in prep career, threw for 4,262 yards and 41 touchdowns … also rushed for 1,176 yards and 17 touchdowns … as a senior, threw for 2,315 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 613 yards and 10 touchdowns … as a junior, went 121-of-211 for 1,947 yards and 24 touchdowns … also rushed for 522 yards and six touchdowns … 2009 first-team All-District catcher for the baseball team … baseball team captain … 2009 team MVP … selected Temple over Ohio.

Personal:
Connor Allen Reilly … born November 30, 1991, in Tacoma, Wash. … parents are Neil and Michelle Reilly … has a younger sister Taylor (14) … father played professional baseball for the Texas Rangers … member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes … kinesiology major.


Anthony Robey
DB • Freshman • 5-10 • 175
Norristown, Pa. • Norristown Area HS

High School:
Attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp ... second-team All-State honoree … first-team All-Suburban One League honoree on offense and defense … played cornerback and wide receiver for coach E.J. Smith at Norristown Area HS … during his senior season in 2009, the Eagles went 9-1 to win the Suburban One League and advance to the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs … finished with 24 tackles and five interceptions … also had 21 receptions for 478 yards and six touchdowns … earned All-Suburban One Conference honors at receiver as a junior … selected to play in the East vs. West game … also a three-year letterwinner in track … earned first-team All-Suburban league honors … Honor Roll student … selected Temple over Connecticut.

Personal:
Anthony Keith Robey, Jr. … born September 22, 1991, in Philadelphia, Pa. … parents are Brenda Anderson and Anthony Robey, Sr. … has three sisters-- Zenia (26), Sarina (21), and Layla (4) … has family members who are Temple alumni .. played Pop Warner football with fellow Temple signee Myron Ross … would like to pursue a degree in business management.


Myron Ross
RB • Freshman • 6-1 • 205
Ambler, Pa. • Wissahickon HS

High School:
Team captain … attended the 2008 Al Golden Football Camp … three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... ranked 30th in Rivals.com Pennsylvania midseason poll and 58th nationally among all running backs … played running back and linebacker for coach John DeSimone at Wissahickon HS … as a senior, rushed for 2,215 yards … also had 82 tackles and three interceptions … earned first-team All-League honors at both RB and LB as a junior in 2008 … named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year following the 2008 season … also ran track … won the 100-meter Suburban One League championship in 10.9 seconds … also participated in the 4x100 and long jump for the Trojans … selected Temple over Pittsburgh, Maryland, and Vanderbilt.

Personal:
Played Pop Warner football with fellow Temple signee Anthony Robey.


Darryl Shine
WR/KR • Junior • 5-10 • 185
Orlando, Fla. • Jones HS • Fullerton College

Has three years to complete two years of eligibility.

College:
Team captain … attended Fullerton College in California for two years … played wide receiver and kickoff returner for coach Tim Byrnes … first-team All-Conference at wide receiver and kick returner … 2009 team MVP … helped the team to back-to-back conference championships in 2008 and 2009 with 10-2 records each season … led the Hornets with 52 receptions for 735 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009… also averaged 30.8 yards per kick return … Dean’s List student … will graduate in May 2010.

High School:
Team captain … played for coach Mike Cullison at Jones HS … All-Conference honoree at wide receiver … team’s Player of the Year … in prep career, had 63 catches for 1,570 yards … selected to the Central All-Star game and the All-America Bowl … also a two-year letterwinner in track and field … advanced to state championship two consecutive years … named Most Improved and team MVP … selected Temple over Middle Tennessee, Hawaii, and Wyoming.

Personal:
Darryl Lemar Shine … born September 16, 1988, in Orlando, Fla. … parents are Cassius Shine and the late Paula Riley … has two brothers-- Deiontray Riley (23) and Laterious Payn (20)-- and three sisters-- Kieara Shine (21), Brittney Shine (20), and Francina Payn (15) … liberal arts major.


Gerald Silvera
WR • Freshman • 6-0 • 180
West Orange, N.J. • West Orange HS

High School:
Attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp … NJFCA Super 100 Team member … All-Super Essex Conference, All-Area, and All-County selection … played for coach John Jacob at West Orange HS … three-year letterwinner at wide receiver and cornerback … had 65 receptions for 14 touchdowns and two kickoff returns for touchdowns during his prep career … helped the team to the Super Essex Conference Championship and a state semifinal appearance … invited to the 2010 New Jersey/Northeast Classic All-Star game … also a three-year letterwinner in basketball and track … All-Area selection in track … selected Temple over Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.

Personal:
Gerald H. Silvera … born August 10, 1991, in Livingston, N.J. … parents are Celeste and Gerald Silvera … has an older sister Christina (23) and a younger brother Gabe (12) ... soup kitchen volunteer … would like to pursue a career in law enforcement.


Nate Smith
LB • Freshman • 6-0 • 220
Highland Park, N.J. • Highland Park HS

High School:
Attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp … four-time All-Division honoree … 2009 Player of the Year … three-time All-State, three-time All-GMC Conference and three-time All-Area honoree … four-year letterwinner for coach Rich McGlynn at Highland Park HS … team won four divisional championships and played in the 2009 state championship game … during his prep career, recorded a school record 378 tackles, including 131 as a senior … rushed for more than 3,700 yards … as a senior, rushed for 2,442 yards and 32 touchdowns … as a junior, had 92 tackles, including 14 TFL … played in the North/South All-Star game … also a three-year letterwinner in basketball … lettered in track and field … selected Temple over Rutgers.

Personal:
Nathaniel Davun Smith … born May 30, 1991, in New Brunswick, N.J. … father is Ernest Harrison … siblings are John “L.J.” Smith and Alicia Smith … brother, who plays tight end for the Baltimore Ravens, was coached by Temple DC Mark D’Onofrio during his college career … cousin is fellow Temple signee Taray Carey.


Rod Streater
WR •Junior • 6-4 • 185
Burlington, N.J. • Burlington Township HS • Alfred State

Junior College:
Played two seasons at wide receiver and safety for coach Mick Caba at Alfred State … caught 24 passes for 539 yards and six touchdowns for the Pioneers in 2009 … also had 20 tackles, nine break-ups, two interceptions, and a forced fumble … first-team All-American and All-Region III in the high jump for the track team … helped the track team to its third consecutive regional championship in 2009 and a fourth-place finish at the 2009 NJCAA national championships … Athletic Honor Roll.

High School:
All-Patriot Division honoree at defensive back … played for coach Tom Maderia at Burlington Township HS … also first-team All-County in the high jump … former teammate Kashif Moore is a wide receiver at Connecticut … selected Temple over Rutgers and Syracuse.

Personal:
Rod William Streater … born February 9, 1988, in Burlington, N.J. … parents are Kevin and Daren Streater … has an older brother Kevin (24) … strategic and organizational communication major.


Martin Wallace
OL • R-Sophomore • 6-6 • 295
New York, N.Y. • Beacon School • Northeastern

Transferred to Temple after two years at Northeastern which discontinued its football program ... eligible to play for the Owls immediately.

College:
Started every game on the offensive line in 2009 … played right and left tackle … as a true freshman in 2008.

High School:
Team captain … 2008 graduate of the Beacon School … played two seasons of varsity football for the Harlem Hellfighters under head coach Duke Ferguson ... named first-team All-City as a senior .. .named to the All-Combine team by Scout.com in 2007 ... team was runner-up in the PSAL Cup Division Championship.

Personal:
Martin Gordon Wallace … born April 22, 1990 ... parents are Ted Wallace and Susan Gordon-Clark … criminal justice major.


Hershey Walton
OL • Freshman • 6-4 • 320
Reading, Pa. • Reading HS
Football

High School:
Attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp ... played for coach Preston McKnight at Reading HS … high school teammate was Owl Darryl Pringle … also played basketball … selected Temple over Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Louisville.

Personal:
Likes to cook … interested in becoming a chef.






Dante Weaver
DT • Freshman • 6-2 • 320
New Brunswick, N.J. • New Brunswick HS

High School:
Team captain … attended the 2009 Al Golden Football Camp ... three-star prospect by Rivals.com … 2009 All-State, All-Conference, All-County, and All-Area selection … played for coach John Quinn at New Brunswick HS … as a senior, had 82 tackles, four sacks, and three fumble recoveries … invited to the Governor’s Bowl … competed in the shot and discus for the track team … selected Temple over Rutgers and Maryland.

Personal:
Dante M. Weaver … born November 1, 1990, in New Brunswick, N.J. … parents are Angie Lawson and the late Willie Weaver … has three younger brothers-- Damien (16), Dasean (13), and Davon (8) … Special Olympics volunteer … criminal justice major.

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