Football – Manalapan’s L.J. Holder Commits to Temple
Manalapan senior wide receiver L.J. Holder verbally committed to Temple University on Wednesday afternoon, Braves head coach Ed Gurrieri confirmed.
Holder also had offers from Bryant, Delaware State and Monmouth University. Last season Holder caught 22 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 17.8 yards per reception.
Holder is the seventh Shore Conference senior to commit to an FBS schools, joining St. John Vianney offensive lineman Micah Clark (Rutgers), Ocean quarterback Kenny Pickett (Pitt), St. John Vianney offensive lineman Jamaal Beaty (Rutgers), Toms River North wide receiver Bryce Watts (Rutgers), Brick wide receiver Ja'Sir Taylor (Temple) and Rumson-Fair Haven linebacker Mike Ruane (UMass).
In addition to also receiving a commitment from Brick's Taylor, Temple has former Lakewood stars Chapelle Russell (formerly Cook) and Amir Tyler, Point Beach's Josh Lang and Neptune's Keith Kirkwood on its roster.
Manalapan enters the 2016 season looking to get back to the upper echelon of the Shore Conference after going 6-5 last season, yet reaching the semifinals of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group V playoffs. Holder is one of several standout returners for the Braves, including junior quarterback Luke Corcione and junior fullback/linebacker Chris Maksimik.