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.”
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