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D'Avanzo dropping Temple for Cincinnati a storyline

I wonder if Nik D'Avanzo will attend Temple's game against Cincinnati on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

D'Avanzo dropping Temple for Cincinnati a storyline

Temple head coach Steve Addazio will lead his team to face Louisville on Saturday. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
Temple head coach Steve Addazio will lead his team to face Louisville on Saturday. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

I wonder if Nik D'Avanzo will attend Temple's game against Cincinnati on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

If so, it will be interesting to see if the Archbishop Curley (Baltimore) senior defensive end wears Cincinnati's school colors, red and black.

That's because D'Avanzo backed out an oral commitment to Temple on Oct. 22 to commit to the Bearcats. And his decommitment wasn't a surprise.

This is what D'Avanzo told the TerrapinTimes.com on Oct. 17, days before he switched to Cincinnati:

"I love all the Temple coaches and the school, but the location ... I'm not sure if I fit there," D'Avanzo said."I'm a country boy, and Temple is in the middle of the city. I went there three times thinking I'd adjust and learn to like it, but I'm just not feeling the area right now."

At that time, the two-star recruit by Rivals.com was just waiting to receive a scholarship offer from Cincinnati. He received one several days later.

Massachusetts is the only Football Bowl Subdivision program to offer D'Avanzo a scholarship.  His other offers are from Football Championship Subdivision schools, Hampton, James Madison, Monmouth and Old Dominion.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. 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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