Multiple Teams · Seven Temple Wildcats bask in enjoyable, festive signing day


Three days after the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever, the Temple Wildcats football program delivered its own version of dominant defense on National Signing Day.

Seniors Tre Colbert, Phillip Haskins, Chris Hooper, D’Ashton Merida and Monto President Jr. — almost half the Wildcats’ starting defense — solidified their college futures Wednesday afternoon in a festive ceremony outside Wildcat Gym.

Temple’s NCAA Division II signees were tackle Colbert with Angelo State, linebacker Hooper and safety President with Southwestern Oklahoma State and end Merida with Northwestern Oklahoma State. Haskins, a tackle, committed to join Belton-based powerhouse Mary Hardin-Baylor, winner of two of the last three Division III national championships.

“It’s good, because at one point in time I was on offense,” Colbert said. “I was glad to be moved to defense and see all these defensive players I grew up with being able to sign.”

Click here to read the entire article in the Temple Daily Telegram by Greg Wille.