O'Hara's Smith has a fan in Addazio

Posted: February 07, 2013

Thadd Smith was almost certain he would return from Boston College last weekend with a scholarship offer.

And he had good reason to believe so.

"Ever since [coach Steve Addazio] left Temple, he's been telling me to come up there," Smith said.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior at Cardinal O'Hara now lists the Eagles alongside Temple and Rutgers among his scholarship offers. Owls coaches visited Smith on O'Hara's campus after Addazio's departure and ensured him he remains on their radar, Smith said.

Smith's decision will be one of the main local focuses of next year's national signing day, as he appears entrenched between Boston College and Temple.

"It feels good to be recruited," said Smith, who plays both wideout and defensive back. "You just have to make sure you handle it the right way."

Smith, who lives in Yeadon, Delaware County, said he likes that Temple is close to home, and he is interested in studying business management or architecture.

During his visit to Boston College, Smith said he was impressed with the city and was comfortable with some of the assistants Addazio carried over from Temple.

Smith described Addazio as energetic and "pumped up."

"He reminds me of [O'Hara coach Dan Algeo]," Smith said.

Other top juniors. Archbishop Wood featured seven football signees on Wednesday and likely will have the same next year.

Deion Oliver, a 6-5, 285-pound offensive lineman, is receiving interest from Rutgers, Boston College, Penn State, and Duke. Vikings coach Steve Devlin said Oliver can play both tackle and guard.

Kendall Singleton, a 6-0, 170-pound defensive back and wide receiver, has caught the eye of Penn State coaches who recently visited Wood.

Roman Catholic wide receiver Hez Trahan has not gotten any offers yet, but has received interest from Villanova.

Imhotep Charter's DeAndre Scott has racked up more than 10 offers, including from Tennessee, Arizona State, Temple, Rutgers, Boston College, and Miami.

Panthers coach Albie Crosby said Scott is a leader on the field and dangerous as both a defensive back and punt returner.

Contact Matt Breen at mbreen@phillynews.com or @matt_breen on Twitter.

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