Roughly a year ago at this time, Geoff Collins was on the beach sitting on a chair by a table with signatures of 24 commits all while prepping for a bowl game.
What a difference a year makes.
Coaching changes always cause upheaval so that’s probably one of about 99 good reasons why Temple needs to fix the revolving coaching door office at the Edberg-Olson Complex.
Just about every story coming out of AAC schools on Wednesday, including Temple, talk about how happy everyone was with the early signing day.
That’s great, but as an ex-President once said: “Trust, but verify.”
This is where Temple stands nationally, according to Rivals.com this morning:
This is where Temple stands where it counts, among its fellow AAC members, according to Scout.com:
If Temple is really going to be pleased with this recruiting haul, it should come in February, not December, this year because, while Collins just about nailed every target by now, new head coach Manny Diaz is going to have to use some of his Power 5 coaching connections to flush out the remaining eight scholarship recipients. If Diaz can bring in a lot of guys who have Power 5 offers between now and then, the Temple rankings go up considerably. Temple hasn’t had the No. 1 recruiting ranking in any league its played in since Rivals.com ranked the Owls’ 2012 recruiting class No. 1 in the MAC.
If recruiting rankings really mean nothing, then why are teams like Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Ohio State in the top 10 the last three years? Temple can get lucky on the Tyler Matakevichs and Muhammad Wilkersons of the world, but those are anecdotal stories and outliers to the whole recruiting process. It’s nice to get five of those type kids in every class, but it’s even nicer to get a boatload of four-star commits in the other 20 signees.
Maybe Temple shoots up the charts with a bullet in these next two months or so.
Hold the celebrations for February, though, because anything else is seeing things through Cherry and White-colored glasses.
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