King's Dawayne Young commits to Temple

By Matt Breen

A day after the PIAA ruled him eligible for his senior football season, Martin Luther King defensive tackle Dawayne Young orally committed on Wednesday night to Temple.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder was initially ruled ineligible in May by District 12 after transferring to King from Washington. He won Tuesday’s hearing in Mechanicsburg by a unanimous 5-0 vote. Temple told Young they would honor his scholarship even if he did not play this season. He also had interest from Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and West Virginia.

“I feel good, real good,” said Young. “It’s a good system, a perfect fit.”

Young said he knew for a while that he wanted to commit to Temple, but he first wanted to take care of his appeal hearing. He called Owls coach Matt Rhule on Wednesday to make his commitment.

“My friends, my family can come see me play,” said Young. “And it’s right around the corner, so if anything happens I can come home.”

Click here to watch Young’s Hudl highlight reel.