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Phil's football notebook: Archie decommits from Penn

Ezrah Archie is coming off one of the best seasons for a wide receiver in South Jersey history. But he's still on the move.

Ezrah Archie is coming off one of the best seasons for a wide receiver in South Jersey history.

But he's still on the move.

Archie, a senior at Timber Creek, announced this week that he was decommitting from the University of Pennsylvania and re-opening his recruitment.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Archie lists Monmouth, James Madison, New Hampshire, Fordham, and Lehigh as possible destinations.

West Virginia, Iowa, and Western Michigan could be in the mix as well.

"I just want to weigh my options," Archie said. "It's stress-free. I'm excited about looking at different possibilities."

Archie committed to Penn in the spring but said he felt less sure of his decision during the football season.

"It's a great school, but it felt less and less like home to me," Archie said.

Archie was a highly productive playmaker this season for Timber Creek, which finished 12-0 and won its second consecutive South Jersey Group 4 title.

Archie's 20 touchdown catches rank second on South Jersey's all-time list for a single season. His 74 catches rank fifth, and his 1,285 receiving yards rank third.

"After having the season that I had, it made me even more determined to see if I could play at a higher level," Archie said.

Another offer for Lovett

Cherokee senior two-way back John Lovett has added an offer from Michigan State.

Lovett, who decommitted from Rutgers in November but said he still was considering the Scarlet Knights, also has offers from Penn State, Iowa, Virginia Tech, and Maryland, among other programs.

Lovett said he planned to make official visits to Virginia Tech and Penn State before national signing day, Feb. 1.

"It's stressful," Lovett said. "I'm just trying to take my time and make the best decision I can."

Clarion call

Clarion (Pa.) State made offers this week to four Timber Creek players, according to Chargers coach Rob Hinson.

Timber Creek seniors Dante Waugh-Hill, Dante Witcher, Dimere Kyles, and Onani Moore picked up offers from Clarion State, an NCAA Division 2 program that competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with programs such as West Chester, Kutztown, and Shippensburg.

In addition, Timber Creek seniors Matt Ringstaff, Dexter Miller, Eric Smith, and Harold Coleman, along with Waugh-Hill and Witcher, have offers from Elizabeth City (N.C.) State, an NCAA Division 2 program that competes in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association with programs such as Winston-Salem and Virginia State.

Timber Creek senior wide receiver JP Roane on Friday picked up an offer from Central Connecticut State.

Senior Bowl-bound

Bucknell senior offensive lineman Julie'n Davenport, a Paulsboro graduate, will compete in the Senior Bowl Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala., according to Bisons coach Joe Susan.

"He was a dominant player in our league," Susan said of the 6-foot-7, 315-pound Davenport, who was honored as a Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club college player of the year on Monday night.

Davenport, who played left tackle for Bucknell, has been projected in some mock NFL drafts as an early-round selection.

Club awards

At its annual banquet this week, the Touchdown Club of South Jersey presented awards to the following players: Timber Creek junior Devin Leary (Joe Flacco quarterback of the year), Salem senior Jon Taylor (offensive back), West Deptford senior Anthony Seas (defensive back), West Deptford senior John Maquire (offensive lineman), and Washington Township senior Dave Grosmick (defensive lineman).

Also honored: Timber Creek's Archie (wide receiver of the year), Schalick senior Ethan Long (John Aveni special-teams player), Audubon senior Joe Zuccarelli (scholar-athlete).

West Deptford's Clyde Folsom was honored as the Gamble/Wackar coach of the year.