Jeff Steeb signs with Villanova

Hard hitting linebacker Steeb joins Villanova's 2014 class out of South Jersey's Holy Spirit.

Jeff Steeb, a 6'3" 215 pound linebacker from Holy Spirit in southern New Jersey, signed a National Letter of Intent with the Villanova Wildcats football program today, the school announced. Steeb hails from Mullica Township and   follows a long line of Cape-Atlantic standouts who have gone on to play at Villanova, including Matt Szczur and current junior safety Joe Sarnese (also a Holy Spirit alum)..

He committed to Villanova in mid-November, the seventh verbal commitment of the 2014 class. He was rated the number-two high school linebacker in New Jersey by NJ.com prior to the 2013 season, and is known as a hard-hitter who sheds blockers to find the ball-carrier at the line of scrimmage.

Landing a scholarship at linebacker may be a surprise to some who knew him when he was younger. He was a safety during his first two seasons in high school, before moving to linebacker as a junior. He didn't miss a beat with the move, becoming one of the most feared linebackers in New Jersey's Cape Atlantic League.

Ahead of him on the Main Line are a lot of talented options at linebacker, including:

Class Name Height Weight
Junior Don Cherry 6'1" 230 lbs.
(RS) Sophomore Austin Calitro 6' 240 lbs.
(RS) Junior Dillon Lucas 6'

230 lbs.

Junior Corey Majors 6'

235 lbs.

Senior Joey Harmon 6'

235 lbs.

(RS) Sophomore TJ White 6'1"

225 lbs.

Linebacker is a position with a lot of talent for Villanova, especially with the expected return of Dillon Lucas, who redshirted 2013 to get healthy after a series of injuries. Joey Harmon and Don Cherry also had breakout performances in the Fall and Corey Majors remains a player with a high ceiling. Even so, there remains a significant number of opportunities to get into the rotation, and after a year as an understudy, Steeb could play his way into a major role on defense.

Quotable

"I toured the campus and it's just beautiful," Steeb told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I like that it's a good academic school and I like the football program. I like the way the coaches treat you." via Philly.com.

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