National College Signing Day

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By Sports Columnist, Justin De Lange

For Philadelphia area universities, College signing day is vital to their schools athleticprograms. Some of the local schools made huge leaps forward in signing some of the best highschool athletes from the Philadelphia and Jersey areas. When it came to making the correct stepstoward making their teams better, Temple and Penn State stood at the top of the pack. Here arethe local college signees:

Temple: New Temple football head coach, Matt Rhule, made some great steps in signing playersto fill needs now and in the future. He signed a slew of defensive line-men such as linebacker Jarred Alwan (6-1 220 lbs) for the future of the team’s defense. Temple’s Defense struggled inits first year in the Big East. Rhule also signed New Jersey’s Elizabeth High Quarterback, P.J.Walker, and kicker-punter, Jim Cooper making a big step in improving special teams and offense.

Penn State: Penn State tried to plot out who they would eventually want to replace quarterbackMatt McGloin. They may have found what they were looking for when they signed Fork union(Virgina) Military Academy’s Christian Hackenberg. Penn State keeps finding ways to add totheir schools Football Program who lost a lot after the Sandusky scandal.

Villanova: Nova made its big signing when it signed Garnett Valley offensive lineman Matt Donoghue. Donoghue was originally a defensive lineman and tight end at Garnett Valley, but switched to offensive line in his sophomore year.

Rutgers: Rutgers added to its potent offense from 2012 with the addition of Archbishop Wood tight-end Nick Arcidiacono. Rutgers ended their Big East season with a 9-4 overall record and a 5-2 record in conference play.

Penn: Penn signed a few defensive and offensive players. On defense the signees were MaddenZach (defensive line), Corey Power (defensive-end), and a defensive back-quarterback in AdamStrouss. Offense again is Adam Strouss, and special teams are Kicker-punter, Aron Morgan.

Again, Local Colleges definitely added to their team in different ways, but did a great job in staying with local, home grown players.

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National College Signing Day