Lakewood senior quarterback/linebacker Chapelle Cook announced Saturday that he has verbally committed to Temple.

(Photo by Bill Normile)
(Photo by Bill Normile)

Cook chose the Owls over Pittsburgh, Boston College and Rutgers. Temple was the first FBS team to offer him, which came after his sophomore season. He is set to become Lakewood's first FBS player since defensive end Thomas Carroll played at the University of Miami from 2001-05. He played tailback as a junior, running for 853 yards and eight touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown run in the final seconds of a 20-12 victory over Delran in Central Jersey Group II that gave the Piners their first state playoff victory since 1986.

He is switching to play quarterback this season after having started a handful of games at that spot as a sophomore in place of then-injured star Tyrice Beverette, who is now a defensive back at Stony Brook. Temple recruited him as a tailback and a linebacker. The Owls also offered Lakewood junior linebacker Amir Tyler on Saturday for his first FBS offer. In addition, Neptune graduate Keith Kirkwood, who played wide receiver as a true freshman for the University of Hawaii last year, has transferred to Temple, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He will have to sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules.

Cook becomes the fifth player from the Shore Conference Class of 2014 to verbally commit to an FBS program so far. He joins Manasquan tight end/linebacker Tannery Cowley (Virginia); Red Bank Catholic linebacker Jamie Gordinier (Miami); Barnegat linebacker Manny Bowen (Penn State) and Barnegat offensive lineman Sam Madden (Wisconsin).




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