As signing day has came and went on North Broad street, Temple Football has welcomed Mike Jones of North Carolina Central, and 16 high school athletes to the team. Headlined by three 3-star talents, Geoff Collins has done what he can in his first year, in a quick turnaround recruiting process for the Temple coaching staff. Meet your new faces for the Owls:
QB Todd Centeio [6’1” 205lbs] – West Palm Beach (FL)
Centeio is one of two recruits who is currently enrolled at Temple and has started taking classes as a freshman. Centeio is a pro-style quarterback who threw for 2,344 yards and 31 touchdowns his senior season at William T. Dwyer under head coach Ron Jack Daniels. The poised passer was a Lou Groza award finalist, as well as a two-time Sun Sentinel Super 11 pick. Other notable offers: Miami (FL), Nebraska, NC State.
OL Griffin Sestili [6’3” 260lbs] – North Allegheny (PA)
A versatile lineman on the offense, Sestili played tight end and racked up 12 catches for 173 yards and 3 touchdowns during his high school career. Earned first-team all conference honors as a senior. Other notable offers: Pitt, West Virginia, Virginia.
DL Malik Burns [6’2” 220lbs] – Lackey (MD)
Arguably the most decorated of all 16 high school recruits signed by the Owls, Malik Burns was the 2016 All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference most outstanding player. In addition, Burns was an all-conference selection at 2 positions (DE,RB) his senior year, and all county player of the year. Had 68 tackles senior year including 4 fumble recoveries. As a running back, rushed for the most yards in the state of Maryland in 2016 with 2,290 yards and 26 touchdowns. Shares the same high school as current Owl Cortrelle Simpson. Other notable offers: Toledo, Monmouth, East Carolina.
WR LJ Holder [6’3″ 205lbs] – Manalapan (NJ)
Played wide receiver for an 11-1, NJSIAA CJG5 championship runner up Manalapan High School Braves. Ranked #10 on the Super 60 Shore Conference recruits in the 2017 class. Compiled 644 yards and 9 touchdowns over his junior and senior seasons.
DE Arnold Ebiketie [6’4” 205lbs] – Albert Einstein (MD)
A three sport athlete at Albert Einstein high school, Arnold Ebiketie played linebacker and wide receiver, and earned co-defensive player of the year for his 21.5 sack, 36 TFL performance his senior year. Also caught 3 touchdowns for 298 yards as wide out.
TE/DE Emil Moody [6’5” 210lbs] – Neumann-Goretti (PA)
A local pick up for the Owls, Emil Moody set a school season record with 17 sacks, also led his team in receiving in both his junior and senior seasons. A player with experience on both sides of the ball, coach Geoff Collins stressed the importance of position flexibility.
DB Dearage ‘Ty’ Mason [5’10” 170lbs] – Blake (MD)
A national record holder in the track and field long jump at indoor nationals with a jump of 23’5, Ty Mason finished his senior year with 8 interceptions and 36 solo tackles for coach DeShawn Anderson at James Hubert Blake High School. Was selected to compete in the 2016 Maryland Crab Bowl, also chosen to the All-MOCO and All-Met football teams. Will join a deep secondary unit that led the conference in pass defense last season.
LB Audley Isaacs [6’1” 210lbs ]- Valley Forge Military Academy
Another local pickup for the Owls, Audley Isaacs played running back and linebacker at Valley Forge Military Academy. During his senior season, selected to the all Southeastern Pa. team at linebacker. Tallied 133 tackles to go along with 1,123 rushing yards in 2016. Selected to the Blue-Gray Regional combine.
WR Jadan Blue [5’11” 175lbs] – Peddie Prep (NJ)
The third Maryland recruit on the list, Jadan Blue played wide receiver and defensive back at Peddie Prep High in Hightstown, New Jersey. Blue finished his senior season with first team honors at receiver in both his conference and the Mid-Atlantic Prep League. Blue played just 5 games and tallied 23 catches for 457 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in 2016.
DL Ifeanyi Maijeh [6’2” 260lbs] – Poly Prep (NY)
A quarterback’s terror from the Big Apple, Ifeanyi Maijeh was named defensive MVP of the Ivy League conference his senior season, as well as being named first-team all city. Led his team with 9 sacks in 2016 and 7 TFL.
DB/WR Collin Washington [6’0” 170lbs] – Central (PA)
The city’s very own, Collin Washington played wide receiver for for Temple WR Rich Drayton of Central High. Also competed in track and field, and was part of first place 4×400 relay team at the Penn Relays during the 2016 outdoor season.
OL James Makszin [6’4″ 285lbs] – Norwalk (CT)
The biggest of the 2017 recruiting class, James Makslin played offense and defensive lines and was named to the Walter Camp all-state first-team for offense in 2016. Also New Haven Register all-state first-team, CHCSA all-state, and All-Connecticut Region first team for defensive line.
DB Christian Braswell [5’10” 160lbs] – Friendship Collegiate Academy (DC)
An addition from the state capital, Christian Braswell led his team to first DCSAA Class 2A title since 2012. Played wide receiver and defensive back, earning 2016All-USA D.C honors in 2016 at DB. Also named to the 2016 Senior Under Armour elite 100 that honors the top high school players in D.C and Maryland.
WR Jeremy Jennings [5’10″ 180lbs] – Downingtown (PA)
Coach Geoff Collins noted the special presence that is Jeremy Jennings in his press conference yesterday, and the 3-year starter at receiver has a record of 34-9 at Downingtown East High under head coach Michael Matta. Hauled in 45 catches for 480 yards and 8 touchdowns his senior season. Also a track and field athlete.
LB Casey Williams [6’3” 220lbs] – South Philadelphia (PA)
Another running back and linebacker duo to add to Taver Johnson’s first year defensive unit, Casey Williams was selected to play in the Philadelphia City all-star game, where he then recorded 15 tackles and 2 rushing touchdowns. Played in just 4 games during his senior season.