Local schools land area football recruits

By Rick O’Brien



      Temple, Villanova and Penn fared well in landing some of the area’s top high school football recruits.

      Signing today with Temple were four players from Southeastern Pennsylvania schools: Haverford School linebacker Wyatt Benson, Upper Darby linebacker Olaniyi Adewole, Garnet Valley offensive lineman Joe Cenatiempo, Wissahickon running back Myron Ross, and Norristown defensive back Anthony Robey.

      Also headed to North Broad Street, as preferred walk-ons, are Downingtown West quarterback Bret[CQ] Gillespie and Garnet Valley defensive back Ryan Woods.

      Ross, a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder who doubled as a linebacker for the Trojans, first committed to Vanderbilt before switching to the Owls. “He just wanted to go to a school closer to home,” Wissahickon coach John DeSimone said.

      Villanova secured the services of Conestoga defensive back Leighton Dennis and Council Rock South offensive lineman Derek Schatz. Players from South Jersey bound for the Main Line are Delsea running back Austin Medley, St. Augustine QB Dustin Thomas, Pemberton receiver Corey Reeder, Oakcrest safety Craig James, and Mainland defensive tackle Antoine Lewis.

      Penn received commitments from a pair of Catholic League offensive linemen: La Salle’s Steve Szostak and St. Joseph Prep’s Sean McGinn. Council Rock North QB Tyler Hamilton will also play for the Quakers.

      Two area players, Hill School two-way lineman Jay Knighton and Upper Merion linebacker Zach Zeoli, committed to Holy Cross. The 6-2, 255-pound Knighton is projected to play defense for the Crusaders.

      In what is believed to be a first, three Southeastern Pa. players committed to the U.S. Naval Academy: West Catholic offensive linemen Jake Zuzek, Cardinal O’Hara linebacker Mike Huf, and Strath Haven defensive back Lonnie Richardson.

      Announcement. Plymouth Whitemarsh will announce its new head football coach tomorrow at a press conference at the school.

      John Staudenmayer resigned last month after four seasons at the helm, citing personal reasons for the decision. He compiled a 14-30 record with the Colonials.

Contact staff writer Rick O’Brien at 610-313-8019 or robrien@phillynews.com.


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