July 3, 2015
Penn State continues to receive oral commitments from defensive linemen for the Class of 2016, having gotten a pledge from defensive end Daniel Joseph of Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Joseph, who announced his commitment Tuesday, is rated at four stars by 247Sports.com and three stars by Scout.com. Although he received nearly 20 scholarship offers, he went with Penn State rather quickly after making an unofficial visit June 20. "He loved the atmosphere, the guys on the team, the education part of it and what Penn State could do for him after football," Lake Forest coach Robin Bowkett told the Chicago Tribune.
July 1, 2015
Dan Archibong, a two-way lineman from Springfield (Delco), has made an oral commitment to attend Temple, becoming the sixth player from the class of 2016 to commit to the Owls. Among the schools recruiting him were Connecticut, Army, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, and Western Michigan. The 6-foot-51/2, 252-pound Archibong said he was recruited as a defensive lineman and could play end or tackle. "Temple's program is on the rise and it's great to be part of it," Archibong said. "It's a great feeling to have made my choice.
June 15, 2015 |
The Eagles will work out offensive lineman Jared Wheeler on Monday, according to a league source. He will sign if he passes his physical, according to agent Brett Tessler. Wheeler, 24, is 6-foot-5 and 319 pounds and played at the University of Miami. He was waived by the Seattle Seahawks after the draft in May. Wheeler spent last summer with the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills. He was with the Bills during the preseason, but did not make the final roster cut. Wheeler started six games at Miami in 2013 - one at left guard, two at center, and three at right guard.
May 14, 2015 |
The Soul have acquired offensive lineman Daverin Geralds from New Orleans for defensive lineman Caleb Bostic. Geralds, 27, can play center, guard and fullback. He played collegiately at Mississippi. The Soul also are expected to sign free-agent defensive lineman Uriah Grant, 26, who played in the CFL last season and was a teammate of Geralds at Ole Miss. -Ed Barkowitz
March 29, 2015
FOOTBALL Two days after taking an unofficial visit to Maryland, Downingtown East junior offensive lineman Mike Clark committed Friday afternoon to play at the school. "All of the players, including the fifth-year seniors, went out of their way to make me feel welcome," the 6-foot-8, 280-pound tackle said. "And the coaching staff seems real genuine. " Clark, an Exton resident and former wrestler, was a first-year starter for the Cougars last season. He also had scholarship offers from Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, and Wake Forest.
February 27, 2015 |
LANE JOHNSON was the fourth overall selection in the 2013 draft, from Oklahoma. Todd Herremans' draft status was not quite that lofty - he was taken in the fourth round, in 2005, out of much less prominent Saginaw Valley State. But Johnson quickly attached himself to Herremans, his mentor in the ways of the NFL. Herremans, 32, is "someone I love like a brother - really helped me mature as a player on the field and as a man off the field," Johnson said in a text, after Herremans yesterday confirmed an ESPN report that he will soon be released, after 10 seasons with the Birds.
February 18, 2015 |
BERNIE LEMONICK was a hard-hitting lineman for the University of Pennsylvania football teams of the late 1940s and early '50s, an era many old-time alumni and fans think of with teary-eyed nostalgia. Penn was a powerhouse of collegiate football in those years, playing some of the biggest schools in the country, and easily filling the 75,000 seats at Franklin Field for every Saturday home game. Legendary coaches and players strode the corridors and sidelines, their cleats grinding on the concrete, the fans delirious with their flags and pom-poms and full-throated cheers.
December 24, 2014 |
CURTIS WITHERSPOON was a lineman for cable companies. He would drive under a network of wires that mean nothing to the average person and spot flaws that no one else would see. "Look at that," he would say, pointing upward. "That's all wrong. They did that wrong. " But Curtis' job turned tragic Dec. 15 when the metal bucket he was riding as he worked on cables in Towanda, Pa., touched a live wire and he was electrocuted. He died instantly, authorities said. "He was proud of his work," said his wife, the former Antoinette Childs.
December 12, 2014 |
IT'S A SCENE that still sticks with Archbishop Wood High senior Justin Rubin. Then a sophomore, Rubin watched as senior lineman Fran Walsh spoke to a somber Vikings locker room minutes after Wood fell to Erie Cathedral Prep in the Class AAA title game. "It was really sad," Rubin said. "All the guys were upset, all the seniors especially. [Walsh] wanted us to get back and win it for them last year. It was a sad moment but it definitely left an impact on how I play the game now. It's for everyone now. " Walsh, now a sophomore lineman at Villanova, witnessed his wish after Wood claimed last season's PIAA title - the Vikings' second in three seasons.
November 6, 2014 |
HIS HANDS are enormous, palms thick and wide, like Belgian waffles. His cleats are a size 15, perfect for chasing down ballcarriers or pancaking would-be pass rushers. At 6-4 and 304 pounds, Simon Gratz junior Raquan Thomas possesses all of the measurable numbers a two-way lineman needs for success on the football field. However, after surviving five gunshot wounds following a game in October 2013, Thomas is relieved to have narrowly avoided becoming a number on a tragic list.