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Villanova And Temple Do Well On National Signing Day

By Joseph Santoliquito

Philadelphia, PA (CBS)—Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey have been fertile grounds for major college football programs, but a growing trend has emerged over the last few years, and that's more college recruits staying home and deciding to play their college football at home, for Temple or Villanova.

Today is national signing and Temple coach Matt Rhule probably couldn't be more pleased. Rhule has hauled in local talents Sean Chandler, a defensive back from Camden, Absegami running back David Hood and among the most prized recruits are Mainland defensive tackle Kenny Randall and Imhotep Charter offensive lineman Aaron Ruff.

Villanova coach Andy Talley garnered a nice group, including Father Judge defensive tackle Eric Drains, Garnet Valley offensive lineman Brandon Hitner, Hammonton wide receiver Alex Padovani, Delsea defensive back Rob Rolle and Souderton offensive lineman Rick Young, among many others from the area.

Here is a list of local seniors that have committed to major and local Division I programs:

Player | High School | Pos.|  College

Patrick Amara, West Catholic, DB, Pittsburgh

Dontae Angus, Martin Luther King, OL, West Virginia

Tyler Burke, Coatesville, TE-LB, Maryland

Evan Butts, Episcopal Academy TE Virginia

Sean Chandler, Camden, DB, Temple

Jamal Custis, Neumann-Goretti, WR, Syracuse

Eric Drains, Father Judge, DL, Villanova

Zaire Franklin, La Salle, LB, Syracuse

Troy Gallen, Malvern Prep, Ath., Delaware

Eric Gallo, Council Rock South, OL ,Virginia Tech

Brandon Hitner, Garnet Valley, OL, Villanova

David Hood, Absegami, RB, Temple

Adonis Jennings, Timber Creek, WR, Pittsburgh

John Nassib, Malvern Prep, TE-DE, Delaware

Gerald Owens, West Deptford, RB, Michigan State

Alex Padovani, Hammonton, WR, Villanova

Kip Patton, Norristown, WR-DE, Temple

Kenny Randall ,Mainland, DT, Temple

Rob Rolle, Delsea, DB, Villanova

Aaron Ruff, Imhotep Charter, OL, Temple

Deandre Scott, Imhotep Charter, DB, Arizona State

Ed Shockley, Millville, LB, Villanova

Thaddius Smith, Cardinal O'Har,a WR, Boston College

Jeff Steeb, Holy Spirit, LB, Villanova

Rasaan Stewart, Perkiomen, Valley, DB, Villanova

Hezekiah Trahan, Roman Catholic, DE, Pittsburgh

Joseph Walker, Martin Luther King, QB, Delaware

Steve Weyler, Cardinal O'Hara, PK-P, Villanova

Antoine White, Millville, DT, Penn State

Greg White, West Catholic, RB, Towson

Rodney Williams, Cherry Hill West, DB, Syracuse

Daquan Worley, Coatesville, DB, Penn State

Rick Young, Souderton, OL, Villanova

Joseph Santoliquito is a contributing sports blogger for CBS Philly.

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