Matt Rhule has proven to be a relentless recruiter throughout his time at Temple and that trait appears to be paying off so far.
The first person to actually sign on the dotted line is safety Shahid Lovett. He’s 6-foot-2, 205, a hard-hitter who picked up three interceptions, as many as the entire Temple team this fall. The Owls also either have or are close to signing another JUCO safety, Alex Wells, but that’s not confirmed yet (his video is below).
Everybody who watched the Temple Owls in 2013, knows what this football team needs for 2014: Defensive backs who are not afraid to challenge for the ball and hit people and defensive ends who easily shed blocks and arrive at the quarterback just before he’s ready to get rid of the ball.
Otherwise, we’re good.
You might say the kicking is a problem and I agree with that, particularly the kickoffs. If Fordham and Idaho can find guys who routinely kick the ball into and through the end zone, so should Temple.
In Nick Visco, though, I think the Owls will eventually have a reliable field goal kicker. His percentages as a freshman in both field goals (3 for 5) and extra points compare very favorably to Brandon McManus’ freshman numbers. But there’s no doubt Temple needs a guy who can boom the ball through the end zone.
I’m sure working Rhule’s working on that as we speak.
I try to avoid getting excited about recruiting classes until National LOI day, but this was Lovett’s LOI day and he will be in school before long and participating in spring ball. The fact that he’s a JC means he’s farther along than your typical high school player and that’s the kind of help Temple’s defense needs now.
Now, if we could only find a defensive end with Adrian Robinson’s motor and natural hatred of quarterbacks we’d be back in the business of being Temple TUFF on defense once again. From the defensive end standpoint, we’ve been a day late and a dollar short of getting to the quarterback for the last two seasons. We need faster and meaner DEs.