Dec. 20, 2017
@DuqFB Early Signees Quick Bios
Linebacker // 6-2 // 215 // Oakdale, Pa. // West Allegheny
Defensive Back // 5-11 // 167 // Winter Haven, Fla. // Winter Haven
Athlete // 6-0 // 180 // Imperial, Pa. // West Allegheny
Linebacker // 5-11 // 230 // Allentown, Pa. // Parkland
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University head football coach Jerry Schmitt has announced the signing of four players to national letters of intent on the first day of the NCAA's Early Signing Period which began today and ends Friday night.
The Dukes welcome a pair of linebackers, a defensive back as well as a versatile athlete to the Duquesne program. In addition, three of the signees are from the state of Pennsylvania with one from Florida.
The Duquesne signees include linebacker Anthony Dellovade (Oakdale, Pa./West Allegheny), defensive back Tim Lowery (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven), athlete Will Weber (Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny) and linebacker Jahan Worth (Allentown, Pa./Parkland).
"With this being the first early signing period for Division I football, I am happy to see the enthusiasm of our recruited student-athletes choosing to make Duquesne University part of their future," Schmitt said. "I compliment them, their families, our coaching staff and our support personnel for the work they did in expediting the recruiting process."
"The talents of these young men on and off the field parallel the commitment of our university to excel in academics, athletics and through serving our community. I look forward to these young men joining the Dukes Football Family for the 2018 season."
Dellovade and Weber are both local products from West Allegheny where they played for head coach Bob Palko. The pair helped the Indians win the 2016 WPIAL Class 5A title with a 13-1 overall ledger and a perfect 8-0 mark in the Allegheny Nine Conference.
Dellovade is a Pennsylvania Writers Association Class 5A All-State honoree and a two-time WPIAL Class 5A Allegheny Nine First Team All-Conference selection, registering a team-high 125 tackles with eight stops for loss in 2017 after tallying 119 tackles including five tackles for loss for WPIAL champion West Allegheny in 2016. The 6-2, 215-pound linebacker had at least nine tackles in all 10 games as a senior, highlighted by a 17-tackle performance in a 24-14 win at Hampton.
Weber, who played several positions for the Indians, was a WPIAL Class 5A Allegheny Nine Second Team All-Conference honoree as a multi-back. He rushed for 179 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 29-28 win over North Hills before adding 177 yards on the ground, including an 80-yard touchdown run in the WPIAL playoffs against McKeesport. He scored three total touchdowns against the Tigers, rushing for another score and passing for a touchdown, as well. In addition, Weber passed for two touchdowns in a 41-20 triumph over Fox Chapel.
Playing for head coach Charlie Tate at Winter Haven High School, Lowery helped the Blue Devils to a Florida Class 7A District 7 playoff appearance with a 6-4 record in 2017. The defensive back racked up 57 tackles as a senior, including a season-high 11-tackle showing against Lakeland in the playoffs. He added 10 stops against Lake Brantley and nine tackles in a 42-28 victory over Cardinal Mooney. Lowery was a First Team All-County and a Florida Athletic Coaches Association Second Team All-District selection for Winter Haven.
Lowery joins seven players from the state of Florida who were on Duquesne's roster in 2017. All seven of the Dukes from the Sunshine State were underclassmen, as well.
A two-time Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 6A All-State honoree, Parkland's Jahan Worth was a standout at both linebacker and running back for the Trojans. He was named a two-time Eastern Pennsylvania - South Conference Defensive Player of the Year as well as a two-time All-Conference and All-Area selection.
Worth led Parkland to a 13-1 overall record in 2017 with a perfect 8-0 ledger in Eastern Pennsylvania -- South Conference play. The Trojans were one of four teams in PIAA Class 6A with one loss or fewer on the season. He helped Trojans to three straight PIAA District XI 6A titles.
Worth tallied 183 tackles with seven sacks and three pass breakups as a senior in 2017 to go with 1,473 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns after running for 923 yards and 11 rushing scores as a junior in 2016. He scored at least two touchdowns in 12 of 14 games as a senior, including five rushing touchdowns to go with 124 yards on the ground and 23 tackles in 36-23 victory over Liberty. Additionally, he finished with 243 yards on 15 carries with three scores in addition to 20 tackles in 38-24 win over Bethlehem Catholic.
This marks the first year of the early signing period which was implemented by the NCAA in May. Prospective student-athletes have the ability to sign national letters of intent beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20 through Friday, Dec. 22 at 11:59 p.m. The next opportunity for prospective student-athletes to sign would be Wednesday, Feb. 7 to Sunday, April 1.