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Philadelphia Public League Stars announce their college decisions on NLI Day

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Anthony Franklin | February 8, 2024

The undefeated 5A State champions Imhotep Charter lead the way yesterday with 13 of their seniors signing/committing to various universities across the area. Leading the way yesterday was Sr. QB Mikal Davis who flipped from his Army commitment to Delaware State University in Dover, DE. Mikal coming off all-state honors will get to stay close to home while playing in the FCS MEAC conference against other HBCU programs. Also signing with an FCS program was DL David Johnson who signed his letter of intent with Robert Morris University which competes in the NEC. The other Panthers signing letter of intents were TE Johann Hennigan who is headed to Division 2 instate program Kutztown University. Last season Kutztown advanced for the first time in school history to the D2 final 4. Offensive Linemen Joshua White & Anthony Richardson are headed to Millersville University also a PSAC program. LB Raheem Reid inked his letter of intent with Lock Haven University with teammate DB Nile Brown while WR Sayeed Buie announced he will be attending Eastern University with his teammate DB Anthony Rosser. Prior to Wednesday 3 other Panthers signed with their universities back in December with DL Jahsear Whittington signing with Pittsburgh, Ken Woseley Jr. signed with Penn State & Sr. OL Zafir Stewart inked his commitment with Illinois.

Other Public League stars who announced their signings were Martin Luther King DL Savion Terry who inked with FCS program Sacred Heart University. His teammate Demetrius Jones signed back in December with another FCS program Cornell University which plays in the Ivy League.

Raheim Reid said he choose Lock Haven over other in-state schools due to the culture shift that’s happening. “Coach Mul, Coach D & Coach Battaglia came in this past season & took a usually bottom tier team to the middle of the pack and I only seeing things going up from there. I loved the atmosphere they are creating and honestly it’s the school that really took the chance on me and showed that they wanted me, so I thought to myself these are guys I would go to war for, and you always want to play for coaches like that.”

Lock Haven finished the 2023 season with an 5-6 record which was the most victories in a season since 1982. Going from a state championship to a team that perennially has been a bottom PSAC team Raheim said “A winning mentality from my time at Imhotep has helped me learn what it takes to win and the sacrifices that have to be made to get what we want. At Imhotep we had everything, the love, the adversity, the hate, the tough games & the stereotypes. It helped develop a mindset of grit & our own swagger you know who Imhotep is, so we had to carry the standard!!” As for his major Raheim is unsure but will explore classes and see what college has to offer. Lastly, he wanted to “First and foremost thank God for giving me the platform to showcase the talents he’s given me, I also want to thank my parents & my brother for being with me step by step throughout my whole football journey. I’d also like to thank my coaches for taking time away from my families to coach me into the player I am today. I can’t wait to show what I got in store for the future!!”.

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