Football notebook: Thompson sticking with Delaware


By Phil Anastasia

Alex Thompson doesn't know who his coach will be next season.

He doesn't know whether he will be an offensive or defensive lineman.

But the Haddon Heights senior said he is sure of one thing: He will be a member of the University of Delaware football program.

"It just seems like the right place for me," said Thompson, a first-team All-South Jersey offensive lineman last season for the Garnets.

Thompson committed to Delaware in December. On Jan. 7, Delaware coach K.C. Keeler was fired after 11 seasons.

Delaware athletic director Eric Ziady said at the time that all offers to recruits would be honored. In addition, Keeler's assistant coaches continue to work for Delaware, although their status could change with the hiring a new head coach.

"I was surprised (when Keeler was fired)," Thompson said. "But I really don't have an opinion on it. I have been dealing more with the assistant coaches."

Thompson said one Delaware assistant sees him as an offensive lineman and another as a defensive lineman.

"I guess they'll figure that out," Thompson said. "It doesn't matter to me."

Thompson also is a top wrestler. Entering Friday, he was 8-0 with eight pins in the 285-pound weight class.

Thompson said he thought about pursuring that sport in college. But he said he's committed to football, and to Delaware.

"I knew as soon as I went down there," Thompson said of Delaware. "It's a great place academically, socially and for football. It's a good distance away because I'll be away but not too far from home. It's really exciting for me to think about playing college football.'

On His Way

Defensive back Eli Apple, who changed his name from Eli Woodard in December to honor his stepfather, Tim Apple, has graduated from Eastern and enrolled at Ohio State.

Apple, a first-team All-South Jersey defensive back who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 5 in San Antonio, said he wanted to get a head start on his college career and participate in Ohio State's spring practices.

Williams Staying.

Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson said junior Dan Williams will play for the Chargers as a senior.

Williams, who threw for five touchdown passes in the South Jersey Group 4 title game Dec. 8 at Rowan, is the son of Eagles running backs coach Ted Williams, who has been an assistant with the team since 1995.

Like all assistants who have not yet joined other teams, Williams' future could be impacted by the Eagles' next coach.

Bonett to Old Dominion.

Moorestown all-purpose standout Anthony Bonett has committed to Old Dominion, according to former Quakers coach Russ Horton.

Bonett led the Quakers in rushing with 530 yards on 74 carries and also ran for nine touchdowns. He caught 17 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns and also averaged 12.73 yards on 11 punt returns.

Horton said Moorestown senior defensive back/quarterback Drew Pederson, who didn't play last season after suffering an injury in August, likely will attempt to walk-on on Samford University in Homewood, Ala.

Pederson's father Doug, a former Eagles quarterback and assistant coach, has been hired by Andy Reid as an assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.

This and That.

Middle Township fullback-linebacker Zack Vogelei, who ran for 693 yards and made 103 tackles for the Panthers, has committed to attend Towson University . . . Seneca's Will Flake, a first-team All-South Jersey defensive end, has made official visits to Lock Haven and New Haven, according to Golden Eagles coach Bill Fisher . . . Delsea's Kobie Allen, a second-team All-South Jersey offensive lineman, plans to play at Williams College, according to Crusaders coach Sal Marchese, Jr. . . . Cinnaminson tight end-linebacker Xavier Wilson will attend ASA, a top junior college program in Brooklyn, N.Y., according to Pirates coach Mario Patrizi . . . Cherry Hill East two-way lineman Tyler Drob has offers from West Chester, Sacred Heart and New Haven, according to Cougars coach Tom Coen.

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