Four-Star Power

With running back Bernard Pierce deciding to leave early for the NFL, the Temple football team needs a complement to Matt Brown at running back. Milford Academy coach Bill Chaplick thinks the Owls found their man in four-star recruit Montrell Dobbs, one of the jewels of coach Steve Addazio's first full recruiting class, which will be announced today.

With running back Bernard Pierce deciding to leave early for the NFL, the Temple football team needs a complement to Matt Brown at running back.

Milford Academy coach Bill Chaplick thinks the Owls found their man in four-star recruit Montrell Dobbs, one of the jewels of coach Steve Addazio's first full recruiting class, which will be announced today.

Addazio put the finishing touches on the 2011 class after being hired to replace Al Golden in December 2010, but used his talents as one of the country's top recruiters to land a well-regarded 2012 class, topped by Dobbs.

Dobbs rushed for 1,387 yards and 21 touchdowns at Milford and 3,445 yards and 45 touchdowns as a senior at Ansonia High (Ct.). He was a UConn verbal, but academic issues kept him from joining the Huskies.

Chaplick confirmed Dobbs, already enrolled at Temple, still has work to do to be eligible in 2012, but "Coach Addazio put a plan together for him and I'll sure he'll be fine."

If he hits the field, Chaplick feels Dobbs, a 5-foot-9, 185-pounder, will be a perfect complement to the 5-5 Brown, also a Milford product.

"He's a downhill runner, North-South all the way," said Chaplick. "He has a great I-A work ethic. You don't have to tell him to get in the weight room, you don't have to tell him to run, you don't have to tell him to go to school. He's the whole package, he had a great year for us.

"He's a four-star running back and in the history of Milford Academy he probably put himself in the top three. We expect him to be really productive. We compare him to Graig Cooper, who (gained over 2,000 yards) at the University of Miami for four years. When he's 195 pounds, he'll be one of the best running backs in the country. (Temple will) have a great one there. He and Matty Brown will complement each other and be a great duo."

Chaplick said Dobbs has the ability to make defenders miss, but isn't one to avoid contact.

"He has the finesse to put a move on a guy, but his moves are always going forward," said Chaplick. "He doesn't like to run to the sideline ever. He'll run you over."

The Owls also picked up linebacker Tyler Matakevich, a 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker from Milford who is a good friend of Dobbs. The teammates committed to Temple within three days of each other earlier this month.

"They played against each other in high school, played in the all-star game together in high school and were roommates at Milford Academy," said Chaplick. "They grew up 20 minutes apart."

Chaplick feels Matakevich could also help the Owls at middle linebacker with a strong offseason in the weight room.

"He goes sideline to sideline, has great football sense," said Chaplick. "He's a hard worker. When he gets into a I-A conditioning program and gets with the strength and conditioning coach, he'll be a player who can help (Temple) right away.

"He's a throwback, sticks his face in there, always knows where the ball is. He has a great football IQ. When his body grows into his mind he'll be a great linebacker."

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