Football notes: Army makes football offers to Camden Catholic's Parker, Cherokee's Powell
Jamal Parker and Evan Powell both said the offer was kind of "random." But neither player was complaining about his first NCAA Division I football scholarship offer.
Jamal Parker and Evan Powell both said the offer was kind of "random."
But neither player was complaining about his first NCAA Division I football scholarship offer.
Parker, a junior all-purpose athlete at Camden Catholic, and Powell, a junior linebacker at Cherokee, both received offers this week from Army.
Both players said they were contacted by Army assistant coach Orlando Mitjans.
"I was very surprised," said Parker, who also was a standout point guard for the Camden Catholic basketball team this season. "It was random. I didn't expect it."
Powell also wasn't expecting an offer from Army.
"I got this phone call from this random number and when I called back it was [Mitjans] telling me they wanted to offer me," Powell said. "It was kind of out of nowhere."
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Parker helped Camden Catholic to an 8-2 record last season. He made plays as a runner, receiver, and return man and scored 12 touchdowns.
Parker said Army was recruiting him as an athlete.
Parker said he wasn't too familiar with Army but was intrigued by the offer. "It's new to me, but I'm open to new things," said Parker, who lives in Pennsauken.
Powell said it was an "honor" to receive the offer. "I never really thought about the Army," he said. "I guess I have to consider it now. I know it's not just a school, it's a lifestyle."
Powell has been a starter at inside linebacker for Cherokee teams that won the last two South Jersey Group 5 titles. He also ran for 598 yards and six touchdowns as a quarterback last season.
Powell said he hoped the Army offer would serve as a catalyst for more interest from other colleges.
Jennings to Temple. Former Timber Creek star wide receiver Adonis Jennings announced Monday that he would transfer to Temple.
Jennings, who set the South Jersey record for receiving yards in a season with 1,434 in 2013, spent his freshman season at Pittsburgh.
"It really came down to Rutgers or Temple," Jennings said. "I feel like Temple is the right place for me. It will be a new start. I'm looking forward to it."
Jennings caught passes in five games for Pitt as a true freshman last fall. He had six catches for 55 yards.
He said he will enroll at Temple this season. As a transfer, he will sit out the 2015 season and have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2016.
Winslow's coach? Winslow Township coach Russ Angerstein is one of the candidates to coach the Eagles in 2015.
Winslow Township hires coaches on a one-year basis. As a result, Angerstein needed to reapply for the job and interview for the position.
Several other candidates are believed to be in the mix. Winslow Township athletic director Al Dyer said he planned to have a recommendation to the board of education in the near future.
Winslow Township went 2-8 in each of Angerstein's first two seasons, but the coach believes the team will be a contender in 2015.
"I think we could be good next year," Angerstein said. "We have a lot of kids back, a lot of big sophomores."
This and that. Cedar Creek all-purpose player Ahmir Mitchell has picked up an offer from Wisconsin. Mitchell, who has 19 offers, was scheduled to make a recruiting trip to Virginia Tech this weekend. ... Camden defensive end Ron Johnson has picked up an offer from Alabama.