Temple adds a linebacker in Alkwan Williams

TAlkwan Williams will become a Temple football player sooner than expected, according to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.

After signing a national letter of intent in February, the recent Johnstown High graduate planned to enroll at Temple in January of 2013.  However, the 6-foot, 218-pound linebacker received a call from the Owls’ coaching staff Monday, requesting he immediately join the team.

“An opening came about and we’re excited,” Johnstown coach Tony Penna Jr. told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.  “I’m just so happy for this kid. He’s been through so much. There were so many stories out there, and I’m glad he’s now getting his just due.

“We’ve had a good dialogue with Temple, back and forth,” Penn added. Temple coach Steve Addazio “called me and I told him what our workout plans were going to be. He said, ‘We might need to bring him in now.’ He asked me if that would be OK. I told him I’d check with Alkwan.”

Apparently, it didn’t take long for Williams to make a decision.

The Times-Democrat is reporting he started driving to Temple this morning.

Williams originally committed to Pittsburgh before his senior season of high school. The Panthers, however, didn’t honor his scholarship offer after coach Todd Graham left to coach Arizona State.

Williams was enrolled at Penn Highlands Community College. His first and last day of class there was Monday.

He finished 136 tackles, four sacks and two defensive touchdowns last season.