5 Under-The-Radar Guys

Matt Rhule talks about big things ahead for Temple football.

The day started at 8 a.m. with a live two-and-a-half hour show from the Edberg-Olson facility and ended with a flat tire outside of Buffalo Wild Wings in Northeast Philadelphia. As Ice Cube says when he doesn’t have to use his AK, today was a good day. Karamo Dioubate got the flat tire and that had to deflate the crowd of over 200 who came to see him. Once the tire was inflated, Dioubate—a four-star defensive lineman from Prep Charter—pumped up the crowd by announcing he would come to Temple. Just a great recruiting day for Matt Rhule and Temple.


Rivals’ updated recruiting rankings as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

Dioubate had offers, not just interest, from Penn State, South Carolina, Rutgers and Temple. Watching his film, it is pretty apparent that he can skip the redshirt year and go right into making plays all over the field. Dioubate, you know about. These five guys, you might not.

  1. Sam Franklin, DB, 6-3, 200

We haa a Benjamin and a Franklin now, both Sams. Franklin is coming and Benjamin is going as No. 10, Sam Benjamin, announced his was transferring to Rhode Island. Franklin is arriving from Inverness, Fla. He played at Citrus High and probably will play DB for the Owls.


  1. Shaun Bradley, LB, 6-2, 220

Bradley, unlike the other “Shawn” Bradley who made it to Philadelphia, is not 7-foot-7. Unlike that Bradley, he is very coordinated. Bradley is a mid-year enrollee who played running back and defensive back at Rancocas Valley (N.J.) High. He brings big-time speed to the LB position, as evidenced by his RB numbers his senior year at RV: 1,467 yards and 22 touchdowns.

  1. Quincy Roche, DL, 6-4, 210

Played defensive line and tight end at New Town High in Owings Mills, Md. He broke the school record in sacks with 19 and was part of the state championship team in basketball. He has the kind of size, speed and athleticism to get to the quarterback and projects as a 2017 starter.  Will have to put on some weight to play the line, so could be a redshirt candidate.

  1. Chris Tucker, DE, 6-3, 245, Jackson

Played fullback and defensive end for head coach Blake Butler at Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson, Tenn. and, as a senior, racked up 79 total tackles, 52 solo, with 16 tackles for loss. Looking at his film, he seems to instinctively come off blocks which might account for the 16 tackles in the enemy’s backfield.

  1. Steve Petrick, TE, 6-5, 230, Norwin High

Anyone who looks at a photo of Steve and former Temple tight end Steve Manieri will do a double-take. They look like the same person. On the field, they look very much like the same player. Manieri came to Temple at 6-5, but he had to spend years in the weight room to bulk up to 230. Petrick is already there. Manieri made it to the NFL. With the same kind of work ethic, this Steve can, too.

Tomorrow: The WRs Lost and Found



11 thoughts on “5 Under-The-Radar Guys

  1. Anyone know where the Wood linebacker Silva is going?

  2. It should be exciting to see which one of the under-the-radar guys turn into the next Keith Gloster, Kevin Ross, Mo Wilkerson or Tyler Matakevich. Meanwhile, I hope Silva goes from F&M to the pros, which is not unheard of in that league. Probably the most famous of which was Kutztown and NFL Hall of Famer Andre Reed.

    • think we are slowly but surely moving to recruiting kids who can contribute in the first year because of their ability…., could very well have 5-6 freshman from this class in the Saturday rotation and not redshirt …..,

      coupled with the kids coming off redshirt means we’ll be talent heavy and playing experience short….,

      being talent rich means 2016 is the year this team should accomplish one or more of the Big 3.., having a four year starter at QB is like having a four year starter at point guard…,

    • Kutztown is the PSAC which is D2 I believe

      • yes, good catch. centennial is ursinus, muhlenberg and the like. similar football levels. not as huge a dropoff between II and III as 1 and 1aa (fbs and fcs). ursinus had a helluva player in Dan Mullen, who became an SEC head coach.

  3. Billy “White Shoes Johnson” comes to mind when you talk about small school to NFL impact.

    • Widener. That’s a hard route to go to the pros. Rashad Bailey hoped to go from Roxborough to DelVal to the Eagles and, quite frankly, I thought he was better than Riley Cooper and Miles Austin but the Eagles had too much money wrapped up in those stiffs.

  4. Speaking of DelVal, Mike do remember the Kotrell brothers back in the early 60s? From what I remember one if not both went pro.

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