Three Knights sign Division l National Letters of Intent

FOOTBALL- Justis Henley, Khan Jamal, and Owen Thomas are accomanied by coaches David Franek and Dick Beck to sign their National Letters of Intent.

Justis Henley, University of Delaware (Journalism)

“Delaware was a blessing for me,” said Henley.

Just a few years ago as a ninth grader, Justis Henley stood on the sidelines during North Penn football games, charting plays for the offense and defense. Now, after being a three year varsity starter, Henley will continue is football career at the University of Delaware.

“Ever since I was little, it has always been my dream to play Division l football. I worked hard over the years [for my goal],” said Henley.

“There is nothing he can’t do,” said coach Dick Beck, “The one thing great about Justis is that he’s good on the field and he’s great off the field. He’s good in the classroom, he’s a school leader in the hallways, so he gives you everything,” said Beck.

Henley had other offers from the Army and the Air Force.

For Henley, what he will miss most about North Penn are the Friday nights at Crawford Stadium.

“Every Friday night I enjoyed putting on my jersey and going out with my teammates who are my best friends,” said Henley.

Khan Jamal, Delaware State University (Sports Management) 

“I was in a different situation than these guys. I didn’t really have any other offers on the table,” said Khan Jamal, “[When] Delaware State came, the coach and I just hit it off. We had a good relationship and kept talking.”

Khan Jamal will be continuing his football career at Delaware State University after a last minute offer from the school.

“The Khan Jamal thing came in last second. I got a phone call Monday from the coach, and they said that they were going to offer. I was super excited. The coach was really impressed. I think what helped Khan, besides the fact that he’s a helluva player, was that he is very strong academically. He has a good balance of being a good player and a good student,” said Beck.

Jamal, who transferred from Plymouth Whitemarsh this year, is thankful for his experiences on both of the teams he has played for during his high school seasons.

“Being able to have two great coaching staffs was a blessing,” said Jamal.

Owen Thomas, Villanova University (Business)

Owen Thomas will be continuing his football career at Villanova University. For him, it is the perfect balance of education, proximity, and football prominence.

“Villanova has a great education and it’s close to home. It’s good football,” said Thomas.

“I felt that Villanova would be a good fit for him. I suggested that he really look deep into them,” said Beck.

While Thomas is being recruited as a linebacker, coach Beck praised his versatility as a football player.

“He can do everything. He runs very well for a 6’4”, 220lb kid. He’ll be one of their faster linebackers. He has outstanding ball skills, [he] really catches the ball well,” said Beck.