Andre Coble, Meadowbrook’s “do everything” star, made it official on Feb. 3 by inking his letter of intent to Temple University. No longer the team that was kicked out of the Big East a few years ago, the Owls, under former UVa assistant Al Golden, have established themselves as an up-and-coming power in eastern football. Temple won nine games in 2009, earning a date with UCLA in the Eagle Bank Bowl.
Coble was all over the field for coach Troy Taylor’s Monarchs. Playing offense, defense and special teams, he led Meadowbrook to within a single point of the Central District crown. In the end, it was his desire to play offense that ultimately led him to sign with the Owls. He was recruited as an “athlete,” and sees himself settling in as a slot receiver, return specialist and hopefully a “wildcat” quarterback. Coble explained his feelings about choosing Temple over the possibly more prestigious Carolina program, saying: “I felt so comfortable with Temple’s football program and staff. I had a wonderful visit and feel that Temple will also be a strong academic fit for me. Although I have confidence as a defensive back¸ my heart is on the offensive side of the football.”
Also signing with the Owls was Matoaca defensive end Jaimen Newman. At 6-feet-4-inches and 250 pounds, Newman is seen as a potentially dominant pass rusher. Deon Miller, from Highland Springs, joins the Richmond area contingent next fall in Philadelphia. The signing of the trio shows that Golden has developed a real presence in Virginia.
This year’s recruiting class at Temple may be its strongest ever, as the school signed 27 players, many of whom were recruited by the more name brand schools, such as Penn State, Rutgers and Pittsburgh.
Meadowbrook grad Morgan Moses was the area’s top prospect in 2009. After spending this school year at Fork Union, he honored his original commitment by again signing to play at UVa.
“UVa has been there since the beginning,” said Moses. “They have done a great job of making me and my family feel comfortable.”
While at Fork Union, Moses received a taste of college life and was able to mature into an adult.
“The coach Lt. Col. John Shuman] at Fork Union kept me grounded,” said Moses. “I may be a great athlete, but I realized that I needed to become a greater student athlete.”
At 6-feet-6-inches and 336 pounds, Moses has the physical presence that can anchor the Cavalier’s offensive line.