Monday, January 26, 2015

Owls were no longer committed to Onett

Quarterback recruit Ben Onett and Temple have decided to go in different directions.

Owls were no longer committed to Onett

Quarterback recruit Ben Onett and Temple have decided to go in different directions.

The Owls told the St. John’s College High (D.C.) senior he still had a scholarship offer. But they also indicated that he wasn’t in their plans.

“I got a call from [Temple quarterback] coach [Scot] Loeffler a few weeks ago after I was sent a request for my ‘official visit,’ ” Onett said in an e-mail exchange. “He indicated that they were going to a different offense than what was originally indicated to me. He said that he didn’t want me to show up for camp and be surprised that they were going with a more run dominated system which would have required the QBs to be much more decided to the run.”

The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder said that’s why he pursued other options and eventually gave an oral commitment to Monmouth University, a Football Championship Subdivision school.

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Monmouth “will need a QB in 2013,” Onett said, “and I have an opportunity to compete for the starting role as a redshirt freshman in a system that throws nearly 30 times a game.

“Monmouth is a great school that is on the upside like Temple is for their division.”

One would assume that the standout is actually more disappointed than he’s letting on.

Onett was Owls coach Steve Addazio’s first oral commitment at Temple. After making that solid verbal, he bypassed invitations to visit Arkansas, Syracuse and Purdue. Meanwhile, he said Marshall, Cincinnati and Buffalo kept recruiting him for a while after his commitment to Temple.

But ...

“Coach Loeffler and Addazio have always been super complementary to me about my next level potential and I believe in what they are doing 100 percent,” he said. “It's just that their overall immediate needs and personnel demand that they can’t change their direction on offense which is not the best for how I’m built as a QB.”

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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.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at Reach Keith at

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