"I chose Temple because they kept their faith in me," said Gillespie, a third-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection by The Inquirer. "They're also on the rise with their football team."
Temple made an offer to Gillespie at 5 p.m. Monday, and the 5-foot-9, 155-pounder accepted it on the spot. He was receiving recruiting attention from Buffalo, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Tennessee.
Last season, Gillespie had 45 receptions for 1,028 yards and 14 touchdowns. The speedster is also the PIAA Class AAA outdoor track state champion in the 200 meters.
Young chose the Owls over an offer from Towson. The 5-10, 160-pounder received interest from Maryland, Marshall, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, New Mexico, West Virginia, and Syracuse.
Friend, a 6-2, 275-pounder who also plays defensive tackle, was receiving attention from Villanova and Rutgers. He had a 27-5 record last season on Cumberland Valley's wrestling team.
The 6-4, 245-pound Ioannidis recorded more than 40 tackles as a junior.
The 6-2, 205-pound Ellis made 84 tackles last season.
Dvoracek is an overpowering 6-2, 215-pound runner who was receiving interest from Maryland, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Rutgers, and Missouri.
'Nova nabs S. Jersey linemen. Woodstown High's Jake Prus and Holy Spirit's Nico D'Angelo, who will be seniors, became Villanova coach Andy Talley's first recruits in the Class of 2012.
"Academically, it is a great school and a great fit for him," Holy Spirit coach Charlie Roman said of D'Angelo's choice.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive tackle/guard chose the Wildcats over offers from Tulane, Buffalo, Miami of Ohio, William and Mary, and Old Dominion.
Prus, a 6-6, 260-pounder, picked Villanova over Columbia, Penn, James Madison, and Bucknell.
Prus is expected to play offensive tackle in the fall.
D'Angelo covers the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds and bench-presses 365 pounds.
Haddonfield lineman to BC. Haddonfield's Jim Cashman, a 6-7, 275-pound offensive lineman who will be a senior, made an oral commitment over the weekend to Boston College after a visit to the school. He had more than 25 scholarship offers.
"One of the biggest things is academics, and that was always a factor in all the schools I considered," Cashman said.
Cashman helped Haddonfield go 11-1 and win the school's first South Jersey Group 2 title since the advent of NJSIAA playoffs in 1974.
Notes. D'Angelo's teammate at Holy Spirit, Matt Rubino, a 6-foot, 181-pound wideout, gave an oral commitment over the weekend to play football at Yale. . . . Boyertown's Chris Muller, a 6-6, 287-pound offensive tackle who will be a senior, committed to Rutgers on Friday. Muller is the nation's 69th-ranked prospect in the Class of 2012, according to Rivals.com.
Contact staff writer Keith Pompey at 215-854-2939, firstname.lastname@example.org, and @pompeysgridlock on Twitter.
Staff writer Marc Narducci contributed to this article.