Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Temple signs 20

Temple University Football Program, under the leadership of first-year head coach Steve Addazio, signed 20 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

Geographically, the states best represented in the Owl class are Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with seven student-athletes listing their hometowns in the Keystone state and six hailing from the Garden State. Five signees hail from Southeastern Pennsylvania, including four from the Philadelphia metro area. 
Additionally, two signees hail from Florida, while Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and Virginia have one signee each. In a grouping, 14 signees are from the tri-state area.

Two of Temple’s signees are already enrolled as mid-year students. Eleven of the 18 high school signees attended the Temple Football Camp (61 %).

The Owls begin spring practice on Wednesday, March 23 in preparation for their fifth season of Mid-American Conference play in 2011. The squad’s annual Cherry & White spring game is slated for Saturday, April 16.  Temple (8-5, 5-3 MAC in 2010) returns 43 letterwinners, including 13 starters, for the 2011 season.




2011 Temple Football National Letter of Intent Signees

Name                                  Pos.       Elig.      Ht.      Wt.           Hometown                         High School / Other
Robbie Anderson              WR        Fr.       6-3      180          Davie, Fla.                          South Plantation
Nainy Bah                           WR        Fr.       6-2      184          Clinton, Conn.                   Morgan School
Antonio Belt #                   WR        Fr.       6-0      170          Forestville, Md.                Forestville Military Academy / Fork Union
Brandon Chudnoff             LB         Fr.       6-2      228          Philadelphia, Pa.               George Washington
Daquan Cooper                 WR        Fr.      5-10    161          Philadelphia, Pa.               George Washington
Malcolm Eugene *            WR         Jr.       6-4      205          Huntington, N.Y.               Elwood-John Glenn / ASA College
Jalen Fitzpatrick                 QB         Fr.      5-11    180          Harrisburg, Pa.                  Harrisburg
Clinton Granger                 QB         So.      6-3      235          Philadelphia, Pa.               George Washington / Pierce College
Kenneth Harper                 SS          Fr.       6-0      215          Gainesville, Fla.                 Buchholz
Tyron Harris                       WR         Jr.       6-3      195          Lindenwold, N.J.               Lindenwold / Pierce College    
Chris Hutton                       DB         Fr.      5-10    185          Sicklerville, N.J.                 Paul VI
Cory Johnson                      DT         Fr.       6-3      285          Chambersburg, Pa.          Chambersburg Area
Eric Lofton                          OL         Fr.       6-5      280          Lumberton, N.J.                Rancocas Valley
Praise Martin-Oguike        LB         Fr.       6-1      220          Sewaren, N.J.                    Woodbridge
Jacob Quinn                        OL         Fr.       6-5      245          Wilmington, Del.              St. Mark’s
Spencer Reid                      RB         Fr.      5-10    205          Villanova, Pa.                     Harriton
Raysean Richardson          LB         Fr.       6-1      210          Chesapeake, Va.               Oscar Smith
Nate Smith #                       LB         Fr.       6-0      220          Highland Park, N.J.           Highland Park / Fork Union
Hershey Walton * #          OL         Fr.       6-4      320          Reading, Pa.                      Reading / Fork Union
Khadeem Wilson               DE         Fr.       6-3      240          Jersey City, N.J.                 St. Anthony’s


* Mid-year transfers
# signed with Temple in 2010



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Signee Biographies


Robbie Anderson
Wide Receiver • Freshman • 6-3 • 180
Davie, Fla. • South Plantation HS

High School: Three-year letterwinner that played wide receiver and safety for coach Doug Gatewood at South Plantation HS … also returned kicks … finished prep career with 42 receptions for 545 yards and six touchdowns … as a junior, had 39 receptions for 477 yards and six touchdowns … selected Temple over Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Marshall.

Personal:  Born May 9, 1993, in New Jersey … mother is Kim Schubert … would like to study psychology.


Nainy Bah
Wide Receiver • Freshman • 6-2 • 184
Clinton, Conn. • The Morgan School

Pronounced NINE-ee baah

High School: Played wide receiver and defensive back for coach Mike Eagle at The Morgan School … as a senior, had 49 receptions for 724 receiving yards and seven touchdowns … also had 29 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown at running back … had 29 tackles and two interceptions at defensive back … 2009 All-Pequot League  honoree … as a junior, rushed for more than 1,000 yards … ran a  4.41-second 40-yard dash speed … attended the 2010 Temple Football Camp … also participated in indoor track and field for the Huskies.

Personal:  Nainy Bah … born August 6, 1992 in Sierra Leone, Africa… mother is Bilkisu Bah … has an older sister Aminata (26) … interested in social work.


Antonio Belt
Wide Receiver • Freshman • 6-0 • 170
Forestville, Md. • Forestville Military Academy • Fork Union Military Academy

Originally signed a National Letter of Intent with Temple in February 2010.

Postgraduate: Played wide receiver for coach John Shuman during the 2010 season at Fork Union … helped the Cadets to a 6-2 record … fellow FUMA teammates  Nate Smith and Hershey Walton are Temple signees.

High School: Three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com … played quarterback, wide receiver, and cornerback for coach Charles Harley at Forestville Military Academy … as a senior, rushed for 414 yards, had 448 yards passing, and had 403 receiving yards and three touchdowns … as a junior, had 11 touchdown receptions … as a sophomore, had four touchdowns and returned two interceptions … also played basketball.

Personal:  Born December 3, 1990 … mother is Stephanie Belt … intends to study sports management.


Brandon Chudnoff
Linebacker • Freshman • 6-2 • 228
Philadelphia, Pa. • George Washington HS

High School: Played tight end and defensive end for coach Ron Cohen at George Washington HS … rated the 33rd best player in Pennsylvania in the Class of 2011by Rivals.com  … 2010 Mini Max Award winner by the Maxwell Football Club … 2010 Associated Press second-team Class AAAA All-State honoree as a senior … 2010 Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ second-team Class AAAA All-State honoree … 2010 Philadelphia Inquirer first-team defense All-Southeastern Pennsylvania pick … 2010 All-City honoree … 2010 Public League AAAA Gold Defense All-Star … All-Combine second-team selection at the U.S. Army All-American Combine … team won three consecutive Public League championships … registered 450 tackles and 18 sacks during prep career … participated in the 2010 Chesapeake Bowl … 2009 first-team coaches’ All-Public League selection … 2009 Philadelphia Daily News third-team All-City pick … as a junior, had 10 sacks and 11 receptions for 119 yards and three touchdowns … National Honor Society member … 2007-08-09 Top Achiever Award recipient from the Philadelphia Eagles … also participated in swimming and lacrosse … attended the 2010 Temple Football Camp … high school teammate Daquan Cooper is a fellow Temple signee.

Personal:  Brandon Sergio Chudnoff … born July 13, 1992, in San Lorenzo, Paraguay … parents are Sylvita and Mike Chudnoff … volunteers with the special education dept. at George Washington HS and at the Immaculate Mary nursing home … intends to study physical therapy.


Daquan Cooper
Wide Receiver • Freshman • 5-10 • 161
Philadelphia, Pa. • George Washington HS

Pronounced DAY-qwahn

High School: Two-way athlete for coach Ron Cohen at George Washington HS … 2010 Associated Press second-team Class AAAA All-State honoree as a senior … 2010 Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ second-team Class AAAA All-State honoree … 2010 Public League AAAA Gold Offense All-Star … played wide receiver and defensive back … also returned punts and kickoffs … as a senior, had 24 receptions for 426 yards and six touchdowns … participated in the 2010 Chesapeake Bowl … … attended the 2010 Temple Football Camp … high school teammate Brandon Chudnoff is a fellow Temple signee.

Personal:  Mother is Monique Cooper ... intends to study sports management.


Malcolm Eugene
Wide Receiver • Junior • 6-4 • 205
Huntington, N.Y. • Elwood-John Glenn HS • ASA College

Enrolled at Temple in January … has three seasons to play two … originally signed a National Letter of Intent with Hofstra in February 2009.

Junior College: A 2010 JUCO All-American … three-star prospect by Rivals.com … played two seasons at Brooklyn’s ASA College for coach Dennis Orlando … 2010 first-team All-Conference honoree … helped team to back-to-back 7-3 records … as a sophomore in 2010, had 49 receptions for 898 yards and eight touchdowns … participated in the 2010 Triumphant Sports Junior College All-American game ... as a freshman in 2009, had 21 receptions for 335 yards and five touchdowns … ASA teammate Jerry Watters is also a Temple Owl.

High School: Played for coach Dave Shanahan at Elwood-John Glenn HS … saw action at wide receiver and defensive end for the Knights … All-State and All-County honoree … team finished 11-1 his senior year in 2008.

Personal:  Malcolm Armand Eugene … born July 2, 1991, in Huntington Station, N.Y. … guardian is Ingrid Gordon … kinesiology major.


Jalen Fitzpatrick
Quarterback • Freshman • 5-11 • 180
Harrisburg, Pa. • Harrisburg HS

 High School: Played quarterback for coach George Chaump at Harrisburg HS … 2010 Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ Class AAAA first-team All-State quarterback … 2010 first-team Harrisburg Patriot-News All-Star … selected to play in the 2011 Pennsylvania Big 33 game … finished prep career with 3,075 yards passing and 28 touchdowns while rushing for 1,675 yards and 16 TDs … helped Harrisburg to a 9-3 overall record and a perfect 6-0 conference record as a senior in 2010… as a senior, went 98-of-179 for 1,743 yards and 17 touchdowns … also rushed for 1,116 yards … also played basketball.

Personal:  Born August 2, 1993 … parents are Donza and Joseph (stepfather) Cobb and Keino Fitzpatrick.


Clinton Granger
Quarterback • Sophomore • 6-3 • 235
Philadelphia, Pa. • George Washington HS • Pierce College

Will have three seasons of eligibility.

Junior College: Played quarterback for coach Efrain Martinez at Pierce College in Los Angeles … 2010 second-team All-Pacific Conference selection … in 2010, passed for 1,176 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 200 yards and five touchdowns … redshirted as a true freshman … selected Temple over Florida International, Minnesota, and North Texas.

High School: Played quarterback for coach Ron Cohen at George Washington HS.

Personal:  Born and raised in Philadelphia … nickname is Juice … mother is Felicia Granger … has an older sister Tierra Granger (24) and a niece Riyanna Davis (2).


Kenneth Harper
Safety • Freshman • 6-0 • 215
Gainesville, Fla. • Buchholz HS

High School: Played fullback and safety for coach Jay Godwin at Buchholz HS … participated in the 2010 Orlando Nike Combine, earning All-Combine honors as an athlete … two-time first-team Gainesville Sun All-Area honoree … as a senior, had 133 tackles, including 81 solos, two interceptions, and 10 break-ups … as a junior, rushed 32 times for 240 yards and had 20 receptions for 333 yards … also had 91 tackles, including 63 solo takedowns, five TFL, 10 break-ups, and two interceptions… also played basketball … Buchholz teammate TE Louis Addazio plays at Syracuse.

Personal:  Born January 30, 1993 … son of Ingrid Lucas and Kenneth Harper, Sr. … intends to study engineering.


Tyron Harris
Wide Receiver • Junior • 6-3 • 195
Lindenwold, N.J. • Lindenwold HS • Pierce College (Calif.)

Pronounced TIE-rahn

Has three seasons to play two.

Junior College: Played two seasons for coach Efrain Martinez at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. … received his associate’s degree in December 2010 … helped the Bulls to an 8-3 record en route to a win in the American Championship Bowl … as a sophomore in 2010, had 38 receptions for 708 yards and six touchdowns while playing all 11 games ... 2009 second-team All-Conference honoree … as a freshman, had 32 receptions for 603 yards and seven touchdowns … participated in the Elite Combine as a junior … became the second Division I-A player to come out of Lindenwold HS, joining Dell Robinson who played at Navy … attended the 2008 Temple Football Camp … selected Temple over Hawaii, New Mexico State, and Wisconsin.

High School: Played wide receiver and safety for coach Derryk Sellers at Lindenwold HS … played in the 2008 Adam Taliaferro Foundation All-Star Football Classic.

Personal:  Born September 17, 1991 … mother is Robin Harris … intends to study communications.


Chris Hutton
Defensive Back • Freshman • 5-10 • 185
Sicklerville, N.J. • Paul VI HS

High School: Played wide receiver and cornerback for coach John Doherty at Paul VI HS … as a senior, had 32 tackles, four interceptions, and a sack to help Paul VI finish 8-2 overall and win the West Jersey Football League Constitution Division title … offensively, had 14 receptions for 301 yards and two touchdowns … had six tackles in the title-clinching victory over Camden Catholic … attended the 2010 Nike Combine … … attended the 2010 Temple Football Camp … selected Temple over Rutgers.

Personal:  Born April 14, 1993 … parents are Lisa and Glenn Hutton … has a younger sister … three maternal uncles-- Steve, Tim, and Ron Israel-- played collegiate football … DB Steve, who played college ball at Pittsburgh, was a second round NFL pick and played in the NFL for 10 seasons … Tim played wide receiver and ran track at Temple (1991-95) … safety Ron played at Notre Dame … intends to study business.


Cory Johnson
Defensive Tackle • Freshman • 6-3 • 285
Chambersburg, Pa. • Chambersburg Area HS

High School: Played for coach Mark Saunders at Chambersburg Area HS … moved from defensive end to tackle as a senior 2010 second-team All-Conference selection … 2010 first-team Public Opinion Online All-Star … as a senior, had 101 tackles, 24 TFL, and three sacks … had a season-high 18 tackles against Central Dauphin … attended the 2010 Temple Football Camp … also participated in track and field … finished eighth in the shot put at the 2010 PIAA Track and Field Championships.

Personal:  Cory Bernard Johnson … born April 10, 1991, in Columbia, S.C. … nickname is C.J. … parents are Carl and Angela Johnson … has three brothers-- Carlton (20), Cabet (6), and Chris … likes to sing … intends to study criminal justice.


Eric Lofton
Offensive Lineman • Freshman • 6-5 • 280
Lumberton, N.J. • Rancocas Valley HS

High School: Played tight end and offensive tackle for coach Dan Haussman at Rancocas Valley HS … as a senior, had two receptions for 21 yards … also wrestled at heavyweight for the Red Devils … also recruited by Villanova and Rutgers.

Personal:  Born March 6, 1993 … mother is Lynette Lofton.


Praise Martin-Oguike
Linebacker • Freshman • 6-1 • 220
Sewaren, N.J. • Woodbridge HS

Pronounced  oh-GEEK-way

High School: Played linebacker and tight end for coach Brian Russo at Woodbridge HS … … as a senior, had 112 tackles and 12 sacks … as a junior, had 90 tackles, two sacks, two blocked punts, and a blocked field goal … also participated in track and basketball … attended the 2010 Temple Football Camp … also recruited by Rutgers, Connecticut, and Cincinnati.

Personal:  Praise Martin-Oguike … born August 30, 1993 … parents are Ngozi Martin-Oguike and Dr. Martin Oguike … has two younger brothers-- Percy and Pleasant.


Jacob Quinn
Offensive Lineman • Freshman • 6-5 • 245
Wilmington, Del. • St. Mark’s HS

High School: Team captain … played offensive and defensive tackle for coach John Wilson at St. Mark’s HS … 2010 Delaware High School State Lineman of the Year … 2010 and 2009 first-team All-State honoree … helped the Spartans to a perfect 12-0 record as a senior in 2010 en route to the state championship … three-year starter … as a senior, had 66 tackles and nine sacks ... 2009 first-team All-Conference honoree for offense line … selected to the 2009 Football Leadership Council … played right tackle as a sophomore … attended the 2010 Temple Football Camp … also recruited by Delaware and Maryland.

Personal:  Jacob Stephen Quinn … born September 20, 1992 … nickname is Jake … mother is Kathleen Quinn ... has a brother Joseph … interested in physical therapy.


Spencer Reid
Running Back • Freshman • 5-10 • 205
Villanova, Pa. • Harriton HS

High School: Played running back and linebacker for coach Matt Barr as a senior at Harriton HS … 2010 second-team All-Main Line honoree … played tailback at St. Joseph’s Prep as a sophomore and junior … as a junior, finished as the second-leading rusher for the Hawks with 416 yards and six touchdowns on 65 carries while playing in only six games … averaged 6.4 yards per carry and over 69 yards per game … had a career game to remember against Archbishop Ryan, running for 176 yards and scoring four touchdowns … attended the 2010 Temple Football Camp.

Personal:  Parents are Tammy and Andy Reid … father is the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles … has two older brothers-- Garrett and Britt-- and two older sisters-- Crosby and Drew Ann … brother Britt is a junior at Temple and a student assistant coach with the Owls.


Raysean Richardson
Linebacker • Freshman • 6-1 • 210
Chesapeake, Va. • Oscar Smith HS

High School: Four-year starter at outside linebacker for coach Rich Morgan at Oscar Smith HS … two-time All-Tidewater selection … 2010 Southeastern District Defensive Player of the Year … team went 52-4 during his prep career … finished with 300 career tackles … as a senior, had 106 tackles and eight sacks … selected Temple over Connecticut, Illinois, and Syracuse.

Personal:  Raysean Leandre Richardson … born January 24, 1992 … mother is Tina Richardson … grandmother is Audrey Richardson.


Nate Smith
Linebacker • Freshman • 6-0 • 220
Highland Park, N.J. • Highland Park HS • Fork Union Military Academy

Originally signed a National Letter of Intent with Temple in February 2010.

Postgraduate: Played running back and linebacker for coach John Shuman during the 2010 season at Fork Union … helped the Cadets to a 6-2 record … fellow FUMA teammates  Antonio Belt and Hershey Walton are Temple signees.

High School: 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 … 2009 first-team coaches’ All-Public League selection … 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 … attended the 2009 Temple Football Camp.

Personal:   Nathaniel Davun Smith … born May 30, 1991, in New Brunswick, N.J. … parents are Kathy Smith and Ernest Harrison … siblings are John “L.J.” Smith and Alicia Smith … brother is currently a free agent tight end, drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round in 2003 and played there for six seasons (2003-08), and played for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009… cousin is fellow Temple Owl Taray Carey.


Hershey Walton
Offensive Lineman • Freshman • 6-4 • 320
Reading, Pa. • Reading HS • Fork Union Military Academy

Enrolled at Temple in January … originally signed a National Letter of Intent with Temple in February 2010.

Postgraduate: Played defensive tackle for coach John Shuman during the 2010 season at Fork Union … helped the Cadets to a 6-2 record … fellow FUMA teammates  Antonio Belt and Nate Smith are Temple signees.

High School: Played offensive line and defensive line for coach Preston McKnight at Reading HS … 2009 first-team All-Lancaster Lebanon League honoree on offense and defense … participated in the East-West Berks Senior Voices All-Star game and the Pennsylvania Bowl … 2009 Philadelphia Eagles Top Achiever Award recipient … high school teammate was Owl Darryl Pringle … also played basketball … participated in track and field … 2010 Berks County All-Division honoree in track … 2010 Andy Stopper Memorial Award recipient … attended the 2009 Temple Football Camp.

Personal:  Hershey Walton … born December 12, 1991, in Reading, Pa. … parents are Brooke and Hershey Walton … has two sisters-- Lucaya (21) and Malei (17) … Berks County Food Bank volunteer … likes to cook … interested in becoming a chef … business management major.


Khadeem Wilson
Defensive End • Freshman • 6-3 • 240
Jersey City, N.J. • St. Anthony’s HS

High School: Played tight end and defensive end for coach Sean Fallon at St. Anthony’s HS … attended St. Anthony’s as a freshman, sophomore, and senior … transferred to Marist in Jersey City for junior year … 2009 first-team All-North Jersey Tri-County Conference honoree on both offense and defense … as a junior, had 36 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown … attended the 2010 Temple Football Camp … also played basketball.

Personal:  Born September 9, 1991 … mother is Linda Wilson … sister is Khadijah Williams.
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