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2 Gateway football players commit to Temple

Evan Sanders | The Times Express
Gateway's Delvon Randall (2) evades Connellsville's Dylan Knopsnider (21) on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. Randall committed to Temple on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:09 p.m.

Gateway's Delvon Randall and Brenon Thrift have made plans to reunite with their former high school coach.

The two football recruits gave verbal commitments Saturday to Temple, where former Gators coach Terry Smith now coaches wide receivers. Randall (6-0, 185) was recruited as a wideout, so Smith will be his position coach.

“Having Coach Terry there made me feel comfortable,” Randall said.

Thrift (6-3, 240), who will play defensive end or linebacker, said Smith's presence also influenced his decision.

“That helped a lot, because I know Coach Terry will take care of me,” said Thrift, who had also considered West Virginia. “He'll lead me in the right direction.”

Smith left Gateway in January after 11 seasons as coach. He also recruited current Gateway senior Todd Jeter, a cornerback who signed with Temple in February.

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