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Lofton commits to Temple

Friendly High (Md.) defensive end Demetrius Lofton gave Temple an oral commitment to play football Friday.

Lofton commits to Temple


Friendly High (Md.) defensive end Demetrius Lofton gave Temple an oral commitment to play football Friday.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound rising senior also received interest from Connecticut, Maryland, James Madison, Maine and New Hampshire. Temple was his only scholarship offer.

“Temple was the one,” Lofton told “I went to one of their junior days and it just seemed like the best place for me. I knew when I visited they were my school. I’m 100 percent solid to the Owls.”

Lofton is quick off the edge. He, however, is raw.

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"They told me I'm a good, hard-working football player with a lot of potential," Lofton told about the Owls. "They like my size and how I rush the passer. They feel I can fit right in."

Lofton is Temple coach Steve Addazio’s eighth commitment for the Class of 2012.

According to published reports, the Owls have a shot at Gwynn Park (Md.) rising senior Brandon Banks. Banks, a wideout/defensive back, also has scholarship offersfrom  Pittsburgh, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Connecticut, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Towson, Old Dominion and Buffalo.

-       Keith Pompey

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

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