Wandering Eyes

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Florida

Tennessee quarterback Sheriron Jones (13) works out prior to the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Geoff Collins, meet Kevin Newsome.

Or Jabo Lee.

Newsome, from Virginia, was one of the top recruits in the country before deciding on Penn State.

Lee, a running back from South Carolina, originally was offered by Tennessee, then made his way to Temple.

Both were highly recruited players who went elsewhere before transferring to Temple. Both made minimal contributions with the Owls’ football program. Actually, the only thing Newsome played at Temple was the piano, even though he was once listed as No. 2 on the Penn State quarterback depth chart.

Pick this Kevin Newsome classic up at the 1:15 time stamp.

The lesson learned there is just because the big-time programs recruit you and you can’t make it there, that doesn’t mean you can automatically assume you are going to make it at Temple.

A refresher course on these lessons is order because it appears that this new staff has had wandering eyes on at least two occasions, both involve bringing in a quarterback.

One, back in January, was a JUCO quarterback from Lackawanna CC, David Pindell, who eventually committed to UConn.

The newest quarterback to surface on the internet as having interest in Temple is another Tennessee transfer, Sheriron Jones.

I didn’t have a real good feeling about Pindell and I certainly don’t about Jones. First off, Jones left Tennessee twice, once heading out to Colorado before coming back to Tennessee. That usually means a measure of entitlement and that doesn’t quite jive with the Temple TUFF mentality that is already in place here. Also, the other schools on Jones’ list are Cal Poly, Tennessee State and North Alabama. It’s not like Temple is in competition for his services with Memphis and Houston. Highly paid coaching staffs have taken a look at his film and said no thanks.

Temple should probably do the same.

Got to wonder, though, if the Owls’ coaching staff isn’t completely sold on the quarterbacks they already have based on those two examples. I think such concerns are unfounded.

Having seen Anthony Russo through his entire high school career, I believe he will eventually win the job and eventually break all of P.J. Walker’s records. That is based upon having seen both Walker and Russo against high school competition and Russo is much farther advanced that P.J. was against that level.

P.J. was more than adequate from the jump, even though he played on a two-win team his first year, and, if Russo is out there, Temple should be more than OK at the position in 2017. Hell, if Logan Marchi beats him out fair and square, Temple should still be OK. Todd Centeio is waiting in the wings and he might have even more down-the-line upside than those two. That should be determined on the practice field at the E-O and not promised to a four-star transfer.

The only big-time transfer who ever worked out at Temple was Montel Harris, but Harris was a proven college football superstar at Boston College before arriving at 10th and Diamond. His 351-yard, 5-touchdown, game in a 63-32 win at Army (2012) may never be duplicated here again.

These other guys are looking at Temple as a place they think they can play. If they can’t make it there, they probably can’t make it here.

Unless, of course, Jones can play the piano.

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