On the day major league baseball resumed after the all-star break, Steve Addazio stepped up to the recruiting plate and hit another home run yesterday when he nabbed Camden Catholic’s Jarred Alwan as Recruit No. 9.
The three-star linebacker with tremendous speed and lateral quickness comes to Temple with All-American credentials.
As a sophomore, Alwan was named to the Air Force All-American team.
The 6-1, 222-pound senior turned down offers (not interest) from West Virginia and Boston College, among others, according to John DiCarlo of Owlscoop.com.
Just to give you an example of his speed, Alwan clocked a 4.57 at the Penn State camp, which is ridiculously fast for a linebacker. As a comparison, at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, Temple running back Bernard Pierce clocked a 4.59. Pierce was the Pennsylvania state 100-meter champion as a senior at Glen Mills.
Alwan was scheduled to make an official visit to West Virginia this week, which he canceled to call Addazio and tell him that he was going to become an Owl instead.
He was the No. 22-ranked player at any position in the state of New Jersey by Rivals.com.
Predictably, Rutgers’ fans will now try to tell you they backed off of him at the last minute.
Right, Baghdad Bob.
And, in a couple of years, a running back wearing Scarlet will probably be “backing off” of him on the way to a 20-yard loss in another Temple win.
Alwan started his career on this side of the river as a linebacker and fullback at St. Joseph’s Prep.
After his freshman year, tedsilary.com rated him the No. 5 prospect overall among Catholic League players after his freshman season starting for the powerhouse Hawks.
Huck Palmer, who handles those rankings for Silary, had Alwan rated above many other players who have signed to go to BCS schools.
Of the nine Temple verbals so far, six are from New Jersey.