Owls land Milford Academy pair

Milford Academy (NY) running back Montrell Dobbs gave Temple an oral commitment to play football on Tuesday.  His commitment comes less than a week after close friend and Milford linebacker Tyler Matakevich committed to the Owls.

Both prep schoolers played high school football in Connecticut and will enroll at Temple on Jan. 17. Dobbs was a standout at Ansonia High before going to prep school, while Matakevich led St. Joseph High to Connecticut Class S state championships in 2009 and 2010.

“I love everything about Temple,” Matakevich told Sean Patrick Bowley of the Connecticut Post of his recent on-campus visit to North Broad Street. “It’s in downtown Philly, but the biggest part is the coaches. The coaches make you feel at home. Players are awesome, it was so cool to hang out with them.”

Dobbs was the 2010 Connecticut High School Coaches Association Player of the Year. He rushed for 3,445 yards and 45 touchdowns en route to leading Ansonia to the state final against St. Joseph.

"I'm real excited," Dobbs told the Connecticut Post.  Temple head coach Steve Addazio " is a great coach. He's a Connecticut guy [Cheshire High]. He's got a lot history with Connecticut kids. I grew up playing for straightforward coaches and feel he'll be a straightforward coach."

Dobbs originally gave an oral commitment to UConn, but couldn't get in the school. A partial qualifier, Dobbs said he's unsure if he will be eligible to play next season for the Owls.