You are pretty much judged by the company you keep.
So it is with the Temple recruiting class of 2014.
By all accounts, it will be a good class. Will it be ranked by any of the three services (Rivals, Scout or 247) as high as No. 55?
Probably not, but we won’t know for sure until 3 or 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon when all of the faxes with the LOIs will be received at the E-O.
Fifty-five is a magical number, because that’s how high Steve Addazio’s 2012 recruiting class was ranked and that was the highest-ever in the history of Temple. Addazio was able to put that class together even after a few great recruiting classes by Al Golden, who had three straight recruiting classes ranked No. 1 in the MAC.
Of course, current head coach Matt Rhule was part of putting together those classes and now he appears to have put together a good one.
More than whether the class is ranked No. 55 or better is really not as important as how many guys Temple signed who were “offered by” BCS schools and not “received interest by.” When the bios start coming in, that’s a thing to pay special attention to before judging.
If Temple beats out a guy who was offered by say, Stony Brook and Kent State, that’s not as impressive as Penn State and Rutgers.
If Temple gets a late commit who turned down a Sun Belt school to take a Temple scholarship, that’s not as impressive as Temple beating out a Big 12 school (as it did when a West Virginia commit flipped at the last minute two years ago).
There will be those who say “trust the coaches” but I say “trust, by verify.” If more successful coaches than 2-10 coaches like our recruits, I will be impressed.
Let’s hope that’s the case once the faxes start rolling in and Temple gets guys who can play anywhere. We should know by this time Wednesday night.