SIGNING DAY: Area prospects staying local

Temple football will be getting reinforcements after a lackluster season in 2014. Credit: Getty Images
Temple football will be getting reinforcements after a lackluster season in 2014. Credit: Getty Images

Not long ago, current Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians noted that if Temple’s football squad were able to recruit and keep just a few Philadelphia area prospects from going to college somewhere else, they would be in much better shape.

On National Signing day 2014, it seems Temple, along with other schools, have done a pretty good job maintaining local prospects.

Headlining the recruiting class for Temple is Aaron Ruff, a 6-4, 295-pound offensive lineman from Imhotep Charter, and one of the top prospects in the state. Ruff was approached by several schools after making his initial commitment to Temple last year, but he stuck with his gut and will be in Cherry and White next season.

Joining Ruff will be a few other top area recruits; Norristown’s Kip Patton (wide receiver), Absegami’s David Hood (running back), and Camden’s Sean Chandler (defensive back).

Villanova also kept local talent bringing in double-digit recruits like Father Judge’s Eric Drains and Souderton’s Rick Young.

Penn State and new coach James Franklin are expected to have a lucrative signing day as well, with as many as 24 recruits expected to become Nittany Lions for the 2014 season, including Coatsville defensive back Daquan Worley.


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