Dover stars stay in area: Magee to Temple, Anyanwu to UD

Bradly Anyanwu said he isn’t shy about challenging himself on and off the field. He intends to major in mechanical engineering at Delaware and plans to attack that with the same intensity he plays with on the football field. Delaware State News/Tim Mastro

DOVER — Jordan Magee’s and Bradly Anyanwu’s minds had been made up for a while.

They were finally able to put pen to paper and make it official on Wednesday.

The two Dover High senior football players inked Division I scholarships as part of Wednesday’s early National Signing Day.

Both are staying local. Anyanwu signed with the University of Delaware while Magee signed with Temple University.

Anyanwu was the only instate recruit for Delaware of the 13-member Blue Hen class. He will play on the offensive line at UD.

Anyanwu gave a verbal commitment to the Blue Hens in late July and held it throughout his senior season. His mind was made up when he attended a camp in the last weeks of July.

Jordan Magee was listed as an athlete by most recruiting websites after mainly playing quarterback while at Dover. He said Temple projects him as a defensive player, though, either at outside linebacker or safety.

“It was kind of late in the summer but it felt like home,” Anyanwu said. “It was just a perfect fit for me.”

UD coach Danny Rocco said he could see Anyanwu playing either center or guard on the offensive line.

“I liked a lot of things about him,” Rocco said. “He was very purposeful, very focused and had a very successful season. He was able to experience that part of the high school experience, having expectations to do even greater things here.”

Anyanwu said he isn’t shy about challenging himself on and off the field.

He intends to major in mechanical engineering and plans to attack that with the same intensity he plays with on the football field.
“I’m a dog, I’m relentless,” Anyanwu said. “I give 100 percent in practice and help my teammates get better.”

“It all starts in the weight room,” said Dover coach Rudy Simonetti about Anyanwu. “The regular season is a byproduct of what you do in the offseason. Bradley has proven he is a workhorse in the weight room and that’s going to carry over.”

Magee meanwhile first verbaled to Temple as a junior and maintained that commitment even after a coaching change.

“I always knew Temple was where I wanted to be,” Magee said.

Temple recently hired former Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as its new coach after Geoff Collins left for Georgia Tech.

Magee was listed as an athlete by most recruiting websites after mainly playing quarterback while at Dover. He said Temple projects him as a defensive player, though, either at outside linebacker or safety.

“He’s just a natural athlete,” Simonetti said. “He obviously hasn’t played too much defense in the past few years but I’m not worried because he’s athletic enough. Jordan is a hard worker and he’ll learn that spot well and I really think him playing quarterback has helped him understand defenses a whole lot more and that will help him attack defenses at the college level.”

Magee admittedly said he will miss playing quarterback.

“I’m going to miss a lot,” he said. “It’s crazy because sophomore year I was horrible at quarterback. But then over the years I got better, made second team All-State and almost led my team to the state championship.”

Magee overcame an injury his junior year to rebound as a senior to help Dover to a 9-1 regular season rec-ord and a berth in the state semifinals.

“It just made me want to work harder,” Magee said of his injury scare last year. “The game can be taken away from you at any time so you just got to appreciate it.”

A pair of Henlopen Conference players also signed with Monmouth University on Wednesday.

Smyrna’ Anthony Buscemi committed as a kicker while Sussex Tech’s Will Argo signed as an offensive lineman.

Smyrna’s Saleem Wormley also made his signing official to Penn State. The offensive lineman is in Mexico City this week to play in a senior all-star game.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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