When it comes to Temple recruiting, I’m from Missouri.
Trust the film is one way to put it, but numbers and rave reviews in the newspapers is verification.
We’ll always have Montel Aaron, the Player of the Year in the Sacramento area.
Aaron, a known quantity, figures to be the jewel of the 2016 class.
The others, we’re going to have to trust the film because there is not a whole lot in terms of the written word to go on but the key question is whether Houston seems to have out-recruited the Owls.
Unless you are Stevie Wonder, the answer has to be yes.
Here’s the deal with Temple recruiting: In all of those years where Temple was No. 1 in the MAC under Al Golden, the theme on recruiting night was that Temple was No. 1 in the MAC. When Temple is not No. 1 in the AAC on the first Wednesday night in February, the theme will be “trust the film.”
You can book it, but it seems to me that you can’t sell it both ways.
John Chaney would say always go by the known. It was a good philosophy about both basketball and football recruiting. Coach always knew when he had Rick Brunson, Eddie Jones and Aaron McKie to allow one of those three guys to shoot the ball. If anyone else shot it, he’d call time out and ream out the guy.
Here’s what we do know: Houston, a team that Temple should be on par with, is out-recruiting Temple by a large margin. Temple had 100 big-time recruits in for the Notre Dame game and failed to land a single one after that night was over.
Not good. That was the night to make hay while the ABC-TV lights shone.
Maybe if Will Hayes had knocked down that pass, we would be talking about adding a dozen big-time recruits that night. Now we’re talking about zero.
To me, this was an important class not for next year but for two years down the road. Temple could (should) win as many as 11 games next year, but will slip below six in two years if this is not a dynamite class. I’m not seeing the TNT in this class.
One month until signing day and Temple has 17 recruits signed and the best is a quarterback from California. At least we have him. Maybe Rhule and the staff will shock us all in the final eight, get Anthony Russo to de-commit and add seven more four-stars who everyone sees the film and trusts it. That’s what I’m hoping for, but not holding my breath about.
The final eight will tell the tale. There is a lot of work to do in the next 30 days.
Fortunately, Missouri won’t be clogging up the phone lines.
Tomorrow: Why Philadelphia Should Love Matt Rhule
Saturday: A Functional Temple Stadium