5 Knights from the gridiron sign National Letters of Intent


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Coach David Franek poses with the signees; (from left to right) Kaleem Corbin, Shamar Edwards, Jon Haynes, Jake Walton, and Julian White.

TOWAMENCIN- “This is was my 20th season coaching football and it was absolutely one of my favorites because it was the kids that made it special.  Besides the winning and going undefeated until the district final, it was so great to come to practice everyday and work with these guys,” Coach David Franek said.

Five of the “kids” that Coach Franek talked about, made another big step to adulthood and achieved an extraordinary accomplishment by signing National Letters of Intent to further their education while playing collegiate football.

#4 Kaleem Corbin

Position: Cornerback

College: Millersville University

Major: Physical Therapy

Corbin is an exemplary student of the game and is driven to be successful.  He always wanted to know the schemes and concepts so that he could work hard and get better.  Corbin has tons of energy whether it’s on the field or on the sideline and that helped him be named to the All-League third team.  And it may be a long shot for him to make the NFL but that won’t stop Corbin from trying and doing what he does.

“I was waiting for this moment for a long time and luckily I’m able to do it today so I feel a sense of relief and accomplishment,” Corbin said.

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Kaleem Corbin with his close ones

#8 Shamar Edwards

Position: Safety

College: West Chester University

Major: Public Health

Edwards was one of the most versatile players on the football team this year.  He could return kicks and punts while playing multiple positions like defensive end, linebacker, free safety, strong safety, wide receiver, and running back.  He may be playing safety in college but the students at North Penn will likely most remember him as the running back this year.  He was named to the 6A All-State team as a running back after rushing for 1,613 yards and 14 touchdowns.  His biggest game was at Downingtown West for the district semifinals where Edwards rushed for 313 yards and 3 touchdowns.  But the biggest play came from his defensive position where he knocked out the football from the hands of Whippet receiver to force an interception by Corbin.

“It’s a huge stress reliever and it’s a great moment to take the next step and play college football,” Edwards said.

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Shamar Edwards with his close ones.

#2 Jon Haynes

Position: Wide Receiver

College: Millersville University

Major: Business

Haynes was the number one option at receiver for the Knights while also playing defensive back and returning kicks and punts.  Haynes was named an All Suburban One defensive back as a junior and an All-Suburban One corner and receiver his senior year.  Haynes also was able to attend the 2017 and 2018 Nike Opening Regional.  Haynes finished with 23 receptions for 416 yards and 4 touchdowns this season.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment, when you decided you love this sport and it’s something you really wanna do.  And college signing, this day was one of my big goals,” Haynes said.

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Jon Haynes with his close ones

#74 Jake Walton

Positon: Center/Guard

College: Villanova University

Major: Undecided

The entire Knights starting offensive line from last year graduated which left a big question mark for how the Knights would be able to replace their o-line.  Well, the offensive line ended up being one of the better lines in the league and a big part of that was the 6’3″ and 225-pound senior.  Walton won the 2018 Mini Max Award and was named to the Suburban One All League first team.

“It’s a great thing to get the pressure off my back and picking a place to go,” Walton said.

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Jake Walton with his close ones

#34 Julian White

Position: Fullback/Running Back

College: Bloomsburg University

Major: Exercise Science

The homecoming king, Julian White.  White is a natural born leader and Coach Franek said White is “without a doubt, the best leader we have ever had at this school.”  White also played defense but from the first game this season, he emerged out of the backfield.  As a senior, he was named to the All League first team at defensive end and second team as a running back.  White rushed for 675 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.  In the first game of the season, White scored three touchdowns and then tackled Neshaminy’s ball carrier short of the goal line to win the game on a no good two-point attempt.

“It feels amazing just being up here because I remember when I was in tenth grade and I saw all the other upper class men signing and I’m just thinking, I can’t wait to get there, it’s so just exciting just to get to that step.  And now that I’m here, it’s kinda surreal cause just thinking about it, going through it in your head, it’s kinda like man I can’t wait to get there and now you’re here,” White said.

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Julian White with his parents