Another South Jersey football standout commits to Temple

Posted: August 01, 2012

NEWPORT, R.I. - Another South Jersey standout has committed to play football at Temple.

Paul VI senior Zach Grant gave his oral commitment to the Owls on Monday. Temple now has 10th recruits for the 2013 recruiting class, and five are from South Jersey.

"I just think it's just local," Grant said of why South Jersey recruits are flocking to Temple. "There's no more Penn State. They messed up. Villanova is not really doing too much, too.

"I mean it's only Temple, and South Jersey has to represent."

Offensive tackle Shane Rafter (Moorestown), kicker Jim Cooper Jr. (Mainland), and linebackers Buddy Brown (Williamstown) and Jarred Alwan (Camden Catholic) are Temple's other South Jersey recruits.

"Temple is on a come-up," Grant said. "That's big for me. Before Temple was like a little small school. And it wasn't too big on football. Now, I think they are really trying to come up. And I really want to be a part of that."

Once regarded as one of the nation's worst programs, Temple has won 26 games and made two bowl appearances over the last three seasons.

The Owls are back in the Big East for football after spending the last five seasons as a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference.

Grant, who plays wideout and cornerback, chose the Owls over scholarship offers from Syracuse, East Carolina, Ohio, Kent State, Old Dominion, and James Madison.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder took an unofficial visit to Temple on Friday and met the coaching staff. Grant said he was 'blown away" by the $10 million renovations to Elberg-Olson Hall, Temple's practice facility.

The Winslow Township native waited until Monday, however, before making a commitment.

"I had to think real wisely on my decision," he said of not rushing.

Grant transferred to Paul IV last year from St. Joseph High in Hammonton. The 17-year-old played in just four games last season because of NJSIAA transfer rules.


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

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