Rafter can't sign his letter of intent until National Signing Day, Feb. 6, 2013.
"There's no doubt he was going to get a bunch more offers," Horton said. "He's a 290-pound kid who doesn't look like a 290-pound kid. He's easily going to be a 300-pound-plus kid in college."
Rafter said he decided to commit early to Temple because of his relationship with head coach Steve Addazio and offensive line coach Justin Frye. Rafter also liked that Temple is a nearby school that soon will begin play in the Big East in football.
"Temple football is moving forward," Rafter said.
Rafter said ice hockey was his favorite sport for the longest time. He started playing as a five-year-old and still was a member of the Moorestown club team last season.
Rafter didn't play football until he joined an unlimited weight team as an eighth grader.
"The sky is the limit for him because he's still learning," Horton said. "He's probably our hardest worker in the weight room."
Rafter said he was a defenseman in ice hockey who liked to deliver big hits. He said he misses the sport at times, but knows his future is football.
"Temple is the right place for me," Rafter said.
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