College football recruiting ranking this early in the game are like exit polls in politics.
They don’t mean much except to a small core of addicts but do give some insight into where the process is headed.
For Temple football, that apparently is a good place because the Owls through their early camps—the places where the hard recruiting work is done—seem to be doing just fine with their AAC peers and, more importantly, the future regional P5 schools on the schedule.
Let’s take the Temple versus Rutgers and Temple vs. Georgia Tech comparisons for instance. It’s important because Temple plays GT in 2019 and 2020 and RU in 2020 and 2021.
On Scout.com, which now encompasses the old 247.com site (with 50 full-time recruiting experts on the staff, Temple is ranked No. 63, while Rutgers is ranked 54. Both teams have six commitments with RU having five “three-stars” and Temple three of the same. Both teams are ahead of schools like Kansas State and Texas Tech.
On Rivals.com, Rutgers is No. 58 and Temple is No. 58—also ahead of Kansas State and Texas Tech. GT is 44 on Scout and 46 on Rivals. These numbers, of course, could change for the better or the worse but a lot of the groundwork has been laid by this charismatic coaching staff who connects well with the kids.
To use a political term, that is within the “margin of error” meaning that depending on how the respective staffs “coach up their player” could mean give one school or the other the overall talent advantage a couple of years down the line.
Given Geoff Collins’ proven track record at places like Florida, Mississippi State, Alabama and Georgia Tech, that’s a good sign for Temple.
Collins was the defensive coordinator at two of those schools and the recruiting coordinator at the two others so he knows the talent coming and going.
By this time, Collins should know what he’s doing in terms of what it takes to push the right buttons in the kids’ (and their parents’) minds to get them to commit. It certainly helps that he has a world-class university in a world-class city to sell.
Signing day will tell the rest of the story, but the exit polls are trending in a very good way.
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