Archbishop Curley fullback-defensive end Nik D'Avanzo committed Tuesday to play football at Temple.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound rising senior, who was second on the Friars with 80 tackles in 2011, is expected to play defensive end for the Owls. D'Avanzo also had seven sacks for Curley last season.
"He's an animal in the weight room," Friars coach Sean Murphy said. "That's the one area that separates him from a lot of kids. He's one of our strongest kids, and he's only 16. He doesn't turn 17 until October."
D’Avanzo, who also rushed for 271 yards and three touchdowns last season, said he chose Temple over Old Dominion, James Madison, Hampton, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Monmouth.
"I went there about three weeks ago for a football camp and I did really well. ... I went up there yesterday to see the campus a little bit more. I just loved it," D'Avanzo said. "I love Steve Addazio, the head coach. He's the kind of coach that will get me to the next level."
Temple's move to rejoin the Big East, starting this fall, played a big role in his commitment, D'Avanzo said.
D'Avanzo is the second Friars football player in as many years to commit to Temple. Avery Williams, who was on the All-Metro second team during his senior season at Curley in 2011, is set to play with the Owls beginning this fall.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun