In the coming weeks, I will be working on watching film and evaluating a series of potential high impact freshman joining the Temple Owls football team from the 2013 recruiting class and how they may impact the team for the upcoming season. For this week, the spotlight will be on Linebacker/Running Back, Jarred Alwan.
High School Career
Alwan graduated this spring from Camden Catholic high school. As a three year starter, he led his team to the playoffs in all three years including a trip to the state championship in 2011 where the Fighting Irish lost to Holy Spirit. In his senior season, Alwan led his team to a 7-4 record but came up short in the state semi-finals losing to highly ranked Delbarton High School.
At 6’2 225 LBs, Alwan is built to be a football player. As a linebacker, he has an excellent reaction time to the play. Alwan is usually the first player to identify where the play is going and find the ball. Then, he is the first defender to step forward and towards the ball carrier. He appears to be good at avoiding blocks from the line of scrimmage, however, he should continue to get better at beating them because they will become much harder to avoid at the next level. On runs up the middle, Alwan does an excellent job at sorting through all of the trash at the line of scrimmage to find the ball. Once he finds the ball carrier, the play usually ends there. He uses good technique to take down the ball carrier and uses his size to his advantage. He also has shown to be very good at timing his blitzes and taking the perfect angles to get to the Quarterback quickly. As a Running Back, Alwan is very smooth and has great vision coming out of the backfield. Despite his large body, he is very shifty in between the tackles and can be hard to bring down as his legs are constantly churning. When watching him run, it is hard not to be reminded of Montel Harris with the way he shakes and bakes through the hole for a few extra yards. His straight line speed may be a question mark for a running back at the next level and he appears to run a little high at times minimizing his size advantage.
Transition to Temple
By all accounts, Alwan will step onto campus as primarily a Linebacker and overall, this will most likely make for a better transition for him to the college game. When considering the depth at both the Linebacker and Running Back position, however, it is hard not to think of the possibilities. Temple has several bright young stars at Linebacker now with 2012 Freshman All-American and preseason all Big East linebacker Tyler Matakevich as well as Nate D. Smith and several others while the group at Running Back is largely unproven. If a Running Back has not stepped forward and claimed the job by the end of summer camp, do not be shocked if Alwan gets a crack as I think he has the skill set to be a productive college back. If he remains at linebacker which is the most likely scenario, he may have to wait until his second season to make an impact on the defense. Regardless of position, however, if coach Rhule decides not to redshirt Alwan in 2013, he should definitely be able to make an instant impact on special teams.
The link below provides a glimpse some of Alwan’s high school highlights from Camden Catholic High School:Camden Catholic High School, Jarred Alwan, Montel Harris, Nate D. Smith, Temple Football, Temple Owls, Temple Tuff, Temple University, Tyler Matakevich