Alex Thompson looks forward to Delaware

Posted: January 12, 2013

Alex Thompson doesn't know who his football coach will be next season.

He doesn't know whether he will be an offensive or defensive lineman.

But the Haddon Heights senior said he is sure of one thing: He will be a member of the University of Delaware program.

"It just seems like the right place for me," said Thompson, a first-team All-South Jersey offensive lineman last season for the Garnets.

Thompson committed to Delaware in December. On Jan. 7, Delaware coach K.C. Keeler was fired after 11 seasons.

Delaware athletic director Eric Ziady said at the time that all offers to recruits would be honored. In addition, Keeler's assistant coaches continue to work for Delaware, although their status could change with the hiring of a new head coach.

"I was surprised" when Keeler was fired, Thompson said. "But I really don't have an opinion on it. I have been dealing more with the assistant coaches."

Thompson said one Delaware assistant sees him as an offensive lineman and another as a defensive lineman.

"I guess they'll figure that out," Thompson said. "It doesn't matter to me."

Thompson also is a top wrestler. Entering Friday, he was 8-0 with eight pins in the 285-pound weight class.

Thompson said he thought about pursuing that sport in college. But he said he is committed to football, and to Delaware.

"I knew as soon as I went down there," Thompson said. "It's a great place academically, socially, and for football. It's a good distance away, because I'll be away but not too far from home. It's really exciting for me to think about playing college football."

On his way. Defensive back Eli Apple, who changed his name from Eli Woodard in December to honor his stepfather, Tim Apple, has graduated from Eastern and enrolled at Ohio State.

Apple, a first-team All-South Jersey defensive back who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last Saturday in San Antonio, said he wanted to get a head start on his college career and participate in Ohio State's spring practices.

Williams staying. Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson said junior Dan Williams will play for the Chargers as a senior.

Williams, who threw five touchdown passes in the South Jersey Group 4 final Dec. 8 at Rowan, is the son of Eagles running backs coach Ted Williams, who has been an assistant with the team since 1995.

As with all Eagles assistants who have not yet joined other teams, Williams' future could be impacted by the team's next coach.

Bonett to Old Dominion. Moorestown all-purpose standout Anthony Bonett has committed to Old Dominion, former Quakers coach Russ Horton said.

Bonett led the Quakers in rushing with 530 yards on 74 carries and also ran for nine touchdowns last season. He caught 17 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns and also averaged 12.73 yards on 11 punt returns.

Horton said Moorestown senior defensive back/quarterback Drew Pederson, who didn't play last season after suffering an injury in August, likely will attempt to walk on at Samford University in Homewood, Ala.

Pederson's father, Doug, a former Eagles quarterback and assistant coach, has been hired by Andy Reid as an assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs.

This and that. Middle Township fullback-linebacker Zack Vogelei, who ran for 693 yards and made 103 tackles for the Panthers, has committed to Towson. . . . Seneca's Will Flake, a first-team All-South Jersey defensive end, has made official visits to Lock Haven and New Haven, Golden Eagles coach Bill Fisher said. . . . Delsea's Kobie Allen, a second-team All-South Jersey offensive lineman, plans to play at Williams College, Crusaders coach Sal Marchese Jr. said. . . . Cinnaminson tight end-linebacker Xavier Wilson will attend ASA, a top junior-college program in New York City, according to Pirates coach Mario Patrizi. . . . Cherry Hill East two-way lineman Tyler Drob has offers from West Chester, Sacred Heart, and New Haven, Cougars coach Tom Coen said.


Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com or follow on Twitter @PhilAnastasia. Read his blog, "Jersey Side Sports," at www.philly.com/jerseysidesports

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