6 recruits for Temple could face prep school

Posted: July 28, 2012

Six members of Temple's incoming recruiting class could end up at prep school rather than the Owls football team this fall because of academics, according to multiple sources.

Running back Brandon Peoples (Archbishop Wood), safety Nate Smith (Wood), defensive end Kiser Terry (Neshaminy), linebacker Alkwan Williams (Johnstown), and wideouts Shakur Nesmith (Imhotep Charter) and Romond Deloatch (Phoebus) have yet to fully clear the NCAA Clearinghouse for freshman eligibility at Temple.

Smith, Terry, and Deloatch have the best chances to gain eligibility in time for this season, a source said.

Players who don't qualify would likely end up at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., a prep school open to having athletes enrolled there for just one semester. And assuming the players meet their requirements in the fall, they'll enroll at Temple in January.

Peoples rushed for 1,013 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. After transferring from Abington, he blossomed into a two-time Philadelphia all-Catholic League selection at Wood.

Williams was a Class AAA first-team all-state selection last season.

Nesmith had 10 receptions for 219 yards and four touchdowns last season. As a junior, the speedster caught five passes for 107 yards and a score.

Smith and Deloatch are among the headliners of the recruiting class.

Smith, who backed out of his original commitment to West Virginia, is explosive. The Louisiana native returned six kicks for touchdowns last season. He also had two interceptions.

Deloatch had five receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns to lead Phoebus to a 20-10 victory over South County in last season's Virginia High School League Division 5 state championship game.

Terry finished with 47 tackles - including 29 solo stops - last season.


Contact staff writer Keith Pompey at 215-854-2939 or kpompey@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @pompeysgridlock or read his blog at www.philly.com/OwlsInq

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