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Temple football celebrates Fourth of July with six commitments

More commitments are expected before the day is over.

Temple Head Coach Geoff Collins adjusts his headset against Navy on Thursday, November 2, 2017 in Philadelphia. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Temple Head Coach Geoff Collins adjusts his headset against Navy on Thursday, November 2, 2017 in Philadelphia. YONG KIM / Staff PhotographerRead moreYong Kim

Temple continued to get an early jump on football recruiting as six high school players announced commitments on the Fourth of July, and it's possible more could be on the way.

Temple already has 20 commitments. The NCAA's early signing period is Dec. 19-21.

Other than this year, the most commitments Temple has had by July 4 as last season when it had 13.

First to commit was Victor Stoffel, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound offensive tackle from Sweden. He plays tight end but a person familiar with Temple recruiting says he will be moved to the offensive line. He announced his commitment on Twitter.

Jamal Speaks, a running back out of Dr. Henry Wise High in Upper Marlboro, Md., announced his commitment on Twitter shortly after Stoffel.

The next two to commit were two Georgia defensive linemen: Jacoby Sharpe from Lanier High in Buford and Zaylin Wood from Bowdon.

Joshua Youngblood, a wide receiver-quarterback from Berkley Prep in Tampa, committed later in the afternoon. According to his Hudl profile, Youngblood runs a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and has a 39-inch vertical leap.

The Owls then got a commitment from Kennique Bonner-Steward, a 6-4, 215-pound dual-threat quarterback from William Amos Hough High in Cornelius, N.C.

Bonner-Steward said Temple was among 17 offers he received. He made his announcement in a creative video shared on Twitter.

Temple commitments for the class of 2019:

Kennique Bonner-Steward 6-4, 215 QB William Hough H.S. Cornelius, NC

MJ Griffin 6-1, 180 DB Saline H.S., Saline, Mich.

Kwesi Evans 6-3, 190 WR St. Francis Academy, Baltimore, Md.

Josh Fuga, DL 6-2, 320 Freedom H.S., Woodbridge, Va.

Jordan Magee 6-3, 205 LB Dover H.S., Dover, Del.

Tenyeh Dixon 5-11, 185 CB Woodson High, Washington, D.C.

Simon Abedimungu 6-5, 227 TE-DE Richard Montgomery H.S., Rockville, Md.

Yvandy Rigby 6-2, 217 FS/LB Egg Harbor Township/Milford Academy, New Berlin, N.Y.

Wisdom Quarshie 6-2 ½, 306 DL St. Joseph's, Hammonton, N.J.

Christopher Fowx 6-6, 300 OT Archbishop Stepinac, White Plains, N.Y.

Re'Mahn Davis 5-10 220 RB Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J.

Jermaine Donaldson 6-4 320 OL Eastern H.S., Voorhees, N.J.

Thomas Joe-Kamara 6-0, 190 S South Brunswick H.S., South Brunswick, N.J.

Nathaniel Wyatt 6-1, 180 ATH St. Joseph, Metuchen, N.J.

Edward Saydee 6-0, 185 RB Penn Charter

Jacoby Sharpe, 6-3, 240 DL Lanier H.S., Buford, Georgia

Jamal Speaks 6-0, 180 RB Dr. Henry Wise H.S., Upper Marlboro, Md.

Victor Stoffel, 6-6 245 OT Sweden

Zaylin Wood 6-2, 250 DL Bowdon H.S., Bowdon, Georgia

Joshua Youngblood 5-11, 170 ATH Berkley Prep, Tampa, Florida