Things went as expected in Pennsylvania, but not without a few small ripples. Noah Spence
of Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.)
committed to Ohio State, Skyler Mornhinweg
of St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia)
to Florida, but the six players that signed Division I scholarships from Class AAA state champion Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
became seven when Ryan McMullin
opted to commit to Villanova.
The one major change came from Wood's dangerous receiver, Nate Smith
, who originally committed to West Virgnia. Instead, Smith changed his mind and signed his Letter of Intent to nearby Temple University.
"I felt a little more comfortable at Temple than I did West Virginia," said Smith, who is projected to play free safety and return punts and kickoffs for Owls coach Steve Addazio. "I made the switch because I felt temple was more made for me. I'm happy I made the choice."
Despite the late coaching change, Rutgers did exceptionally well in the Philadelphia area, hauling in offensive lineman J.J. Denman
of Pennsbury (Fairless Hills, Pa.)
, and Wood's Brandon Arcidiacono
and running back Desmon Peoples
.Juniors to watch
Topping the stellar list of juniors that bear watching next season is West Catholic (Philadelphia)
star tailback David Williams
, a bruising, 6-foot, 195-pound junior with blazing speed who's already received scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Maryland, Connecticut, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia, Purdue and Notre Dame.
The problem Williams faces along with hulking teammate Jaryd Jones-Smith
, a 6-7, 270-pound junior defensive lineman, is where to spend his senior year before thinking about choosing a college. West Catholic is slated to close after this school year
, leaving Williams and Jones-Smith able to attend any Philadelphia Catholic League school.Mike McGlinchey
of William Penn Charter (Philadelphia)
, at 6-7, 255, and Madison O'Connor
of Pottsgrove (Pa.)
at 6-6, 330, are massive and strong. Both will receive plenty of attention. Matt Galambos
of Haverford School (Pa.)
, a 6-2, 215-pound linebacker, is gaining serious attention, as his Haverford School teammate, Aron Morgan
Watch for Wood lineman Nick Arcidiacono
, Brandon's younger brother, who's getting major attention and may join his brother Brandon at Rutgers. Another rising lineman, Justin Moody
of George Washington (Philadelphia)
, a 6-3, 255-pound junior, will draw serious looks.MaxPreps 2012 National Signing Day page