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Imhotep Charter WR/DB Shakur Nesmith issues oral declaration to Temple

Written by: on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011. Follow Josh Funk on Twitter.


Nine days after receiving a verbal scholarship offer from the Temple Owls, Imhotep Charter senior-to-be Shakur Nesmith has announced he will continue his career for the Mid American Conference rep Owls.

Nesmith, a 6’4, 190-pound wide receiver for the Imhotep Charter Panthers, issued an oral declaration to Temple today, according to national recruiting service and an e-mail sent by coach Troy Gore.  The Owls were the only Division-1 program to offer Nesmith during his recruiting process, and no other programs were listed as having shown interest in the Panther athlete.

Nesmith joins Norristown RB/DB Brandon Shippen and Archbishop Wood RB Desmon Peoples as southeastern Pennsylvania prospects this 2012 class who have issed declarations to continue their careers with Temple.

The third-leading receiver in the Panthers’ offensive arsenal behind seniors Devon Sanders and Jeraal Boone, Nesmith caught five passes for 107 yards and one touchdown as part of an Imhotep Charter aerial assault that averaged 69.5 yards per game.  Nesmith averaged 21.4 yards per reception.  Defensively, he also added a pair of interceptions, and was part of a Panther defensive unit which allowed an average of 12.5 points per game, holding 10 of 14 opponents to 14 points or less, with three shutouts.

Imhotep Charter, a Class AA school in the Philadelphia Public League, finished 10-4 overall in 2010, losing in the Public League AA championship game to Edward Bok Vo-Tech, 41-0.  Earlier in the season, the Panthers had defeated Bok, 28-6, to snap the Wildcats’ 43-game winning streak against Public League opponents.

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