Local Kicker Accepts Scholarship Offer

Brandon McManus

Strong-legged Brandon McManus of North Penn High School was the first kicking specialist to receive a scholarship offer from Temple during Coach Al Golden's three-year tenure. Now he's the first to accept an offer, which he did on Tuesday afternoon. McManus told OwlsDaily.com about his decision on Tuesday night.

Strong-legged Brandon McManus of North Penn High School was the first kicking specialist to receive a scholarship offer from Temple during Coach Al Golden's three-year tenure. Now he's the first to accept an offer, which he did on Tuesday afternoon. McManus told OwlsDaily.com about his decision on Tuesday night.

"Temple offered me in July after I attended one of their camps," McManus said. "They did a great job recruiting me. They wanted me from the beginning and I really wanted to go to Temple all along."

McManus said he was also recruited by Penn State, Michigan, Northwestern, and Pittsburgh. But none of them came through with a scholarship offer. This week, McManus decided to stop waiting.

"They were all pretty much telling me that they wanted me, but they needed to see if they would have a scholarship available," said McManus, who expects to compete for placekicking, punting, and kickoff duties with the Owls.

"I'm excited about kicking in an NFL stadium," he continued. "I'm down there all the time already because my dad's got season tickets to the Eagles."

At North Penn, McManus joined the varsity as a freshman. North Penn Coach Dick Beck, the starting center on Temple's last winning team (1990), coaxed him to make the switch from soccer to football. Since then, McManus has grown to 6-3, 185 pounds – good size for a kicker.

"Right now my best attribute is kickoffs," McManus said. "This year I've averaged about 68 yards and a 4.0 second hangtime."

In high school, that's a touchback almost every time. And he gets plenty of practice. North Penn is 12-0 heading into its District I playoff game against Downingtown West this weekend.

How about field goal accuracy? McManus said he's made 4 of 6 attempts this season. Last year he went 6 for 11, with a 55-yard long. He was ranked among the 10 best college prospects at two kicking/punting camps this summer.

It goes without saying that the Owls might be able to use him – immediately. McManus already knows Temple placekickers Jake Brownell and Patrick Campbell from regional kicking camps. McManus and Campbell actually worked together at a camp for younger kickers last year.

McManus also knows that the punting job at Temple is already in good hands. "Jeff Wathne is a very good punter," he said.

The Owls want to be able to say that about their placekicker, too.

Maybe McManus will be the one to get the job done.

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