Thursday, December 25, 2014

Paul VI DE Ahmed commits to Temple football

Paul VI defensive end Shahbaz Ahmed gave an oral commitment Tuesday night to play football at Temple.

Paul VI DE Ahmed commits to Temple football

Paul VI defensive end Shahbaz Ahmed gave an oral commitment Tuesday night to play football at Temple.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound rising senior becomes the Owls’ seventh commitment for the Class of 2012.

Ahmed made the announcement while attending Michigan’s football camp in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“He really likes Temple,” Paul VI coach John Doherty said of Ahmed’s picking the Owls while at another school. “He didn’t want to wait any longer.”

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According to Doherty, Temple’s engineering program and the university’s close proximity to South Jersey were factors in Ahmed’s decision.

He chose the Owls over offers from Western Michigan and North Carolina Central.  He was also being recruited by most of the Mid-American Conference schools.

“I think he is such a well-rounded athlete,” Doherty said of Ahmed, who had around 6 ½ sacks last season. “He has a great instinct for the pass rush. And he plays the run very well. He’s pretty well-rounded.”

Ahmed joins a recruiting class that already has Neshaminy defensive end Kiser Terry, St. John’s College High (D.C.) quarterback Ben Onett, Imhotep Charter wideout Shakur Nesmith, Archbishop Wood athlete Brandon Peoples, Norristown cornerback Brandon Shippen and Mountain View (Va.) safety Daquan Stewart.

-          Keith Pompey

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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 kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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