There are plenty of reasons to turn to the sports pages nowadays and one of them is the news.
When Team A beats Team B, no one says it’s Fake News. There is a score, a scoreboard and highlights proving it’s real news.
The same is true for college football recruiting.
There is nothing fake about what Geoff Collins is doing by elevating the Temple recruiting pedigree.
Last year at this time, the Temple commits—mostly—had solid offers from schools like Old Dominion, Stony Brook and Towson, while, this year, the solid offers are from schools like Maryland and Mississippi State.
On this day, we can only laud the hustle of Collins and the proof is right there in black and white in the names of the schools he’s beaten for Temple recruits.
Since we left the recruiting trail a few days ago, the Owls have added two more recruits, defensive end Dante Burke of Bishop Sullivan in Virginia Beach (Va.) and athlete David Martin-Robinson of Hempfield (Pa.).
Let’s take Martin-Robinson first.
He could play tight end, linebacker, wide receiver or safety which fits him well within the “position flexibility” concept of Collins’ recruiting.
Maryland and Rutgers offered Martin-Robinson.
As for Burke, he had summer visits lined up to a number of Power 5 schools but said as soon as he set foot on the campus of Temple University, he knew it was the perfect fit.
He had offers from Rutgers, Maryland and Georgia Tech.
With those two in the family, there are 10 scholarships remaining for Collins’ first full class. It’s just another reason to right past the front page into the sports section every morning. If the final 10 are anything like the first 15, this story could get more compelling every day.
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