Avon Grove High School has only had a varsity football team since 2002, so there are still plenty of accomplishments the program has yet to achieve.

Well, now they can cross one more off their list.

Senior quarterback Vaughn Charlton, a three-year starter for the Red Devils, recently became the first player in school history to earn a Division I football scholarship.

Charlton, 6-4, 215 pounds, made good on his oral commitment to Temple University last Wednesday afternoon on National Letter of Intent Day by signing a binding letter of intent to continue his playing career with the Owls.

"I feel real honored," Charlton said of being the first Avon Grove High player to land a major college scholarship. "All my hard work has paid off. The whole recruiting process was real stressful. I made my mind up about a month ago. Temple is close to home, and they have a great coaching staff."

In 2005, Charlton completed 98 of 195 passes for 1,337 yards and nine touchdowns.

Twice an All-Southern Chester County League selection, Charlton is ranked by Scouts, Inc., as the 98th quarterback prospect overall in the nation and the 10th best in Pennsylvania.

Charlton said he was also recruited by North Carolina State, Louisville, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Rutgers.

In choosing Temple, Charlton is headed to an Owls program that went 0-11 last season and has gone a combined 3-31 overall the last three years.

Temple, formerly a member of the Big East Conference for football, will play as a Division I-A Independent this coming fall before moving to the Mid American Conference (MAC) in 2007.

Charlton is looking forward to the opportunity of helping to turn the struggling Temple program around.

"Anything about last year or the years before had no effect on my decision," said Charlton. "My goal is to see Temple succeed. I can't wait. The quarterback position is kind of up for grabs and it would be awesome to go in and start right away."

Avon Grove High football coach Jon McFarland said Charlton has all the physical tools, and the work ethic to go along with them.

"The thing I'll always remember about Vaughn," said McFarland, who just completed his first season as Red Devils head coach, "is that the very first day I got the job, I was in school and he came down to my office and wanted to go over the playbook."

Charlton's signing with a Division I school is a proud moment for Avon Grove football, which will embark on just its fifth-year of existence this coming fall.

"It's a great accomplishment for the entire football program in Avon Grove. Vaughn played with the Wildcats and all the way up," said McFarland. "People are starting to recognize that we do have some talented athletes here. It kind of gives kids hope. All the schools that were recruiting Vaughn have been asking me who else we have. We're just starting to get on the map."

Charlton thanked his mother Debbie and father Vaughn, along with his teammates and coaches. He spoke fondly of his time playing at Avon Grove.

"It was a very positive experience," said Charlton. "A lot of good memories. The next chapter starts today."

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