The Wisdom of Collins’ recruiting

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One of the benefits of arriving at Cherry and White Day a couple of weeks ago was the Temple football informational sheet they handed out to every guest.

On one side was the complete roster, broken down alphabetically at the top and numerically below.

On the flip side were the football schedule (Bucknell, ugh), quick facts, coaching staff, pronunciation lists and football recruits.

The recruits–mostly the guys who arrive in July–seemed like a thin list but you could always find a number of guys who could be immediate contributors.

Not this year.

This year we found one: Wisdom Quarshie, who is listed as a 6-foot-3, 310-pound tackle who could play on either side of the ball. Todderick Hunt, the “Ted Silary” of wrote this about him: “Senior defensive tackle Wisdom Quarshie is, arguably, the most violent offensive lineman in New Jersey. His highlight tape is a non-stop real of pancake blocks and on-field devastation. And he’ll now bring his lunch pail to Temple, less than 30 minutes away from his home, where his family, friends and all who support him can watch him live his dream.” (Note he called him a defensive tackle but said he was the most violent offensive lineman in NJ.)

Quarshie, a two-time first-team All-State player at St. Joe’s (Hammonton), appears to be ready-made to help but, of the 15 players listed as “recruits” on the info sheet, his sticking out like a sore thumb among those ready to make an impact points out the, err, Wisdom of Collins’ recruiting. Or lack of same. Hard to see anything but redshirts for the other 14 guys on the list of incoming recruits.

Collins had three classes and the only one worth much was unveiled on St. Pete Beach at the Gasparilla Bowl. In that one, he got two immediate offensive line starters and a grad transfer who became a second-round NFL draft choice.

Wayne Hardin once said recruiting was easy at Temple because you could “put a pencil in the middle of Broad Street and draw a 200-mile circle around it and come up with enough players to win.” Collins got away from that formula by concentrating his recruiting in the South. Good for him and his Southern-centric coaches, but bad for Temple.

Now that Fran Brown is back in charge of the important business of Temple recruiting, the Owls should return to their neighborhood roots where the fruits of Brown’s earlier stint here produced a championship roster.

Fran knows what he’s doing and, with him supplying the guys and Rod Carey coaching them up, that should be a productive partnership.

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5 thoughts on “The Wisdom of Collins’ recruiting

  1. Wisdom is just shy of 6’1″…, the entire incoming class will redshirt.

    If the 2020 recruiting class finishes in the top 5 of the AAC it would represent a huge improvement over the last three years.

    The 2019 season marks the end of the MR era seed corn. And, it could very well be Carey’s best year at Temple.

    • I checked Carey’s record at NIU. But for one losing season, he’s done pretty well and in most seasons knocked off a P-5 team. He also played several p-5 teams tough. He became coach in 2012 so for the last three seasons, he been playing with his guys. As far as recruiting goes, in 2015 NIU was ranked 83rd nationally and 3rd in the MAC (TU was 80th), 2016 NIU was 112 nationally and 6th in the MAC (TU was 59th ) 2017, he was 97th nationally and 7th in the MAC, (TU was 119th Ugh) and in 2018, he was 83rd nationally and 4th in the MAC. (TU was 83rd). What this sorta tells me is that he can coach them up and be competitive with his peers with regard to recruiting. It also tells me that Collins left the cupboard almost bare. I hope your mild pessimism doesn’t come true but until he shows me he can’t get the most out of the team, I can’t help but be optimistic. He has to win this year and play up that the 2020 class will play Miami next year and in 2023, and Oklahoma in 2024. (rankings were from 247 Sports).

      Here’s a negative article for TU fans about possible G-5 teams worthy of going to the P-5.

      • Note that NIU is on the above list as are several TU opponents. TU cannot afford any more mediocre seasons and bad losses.

    • With Darian Bryant transferring out, we are down to seven serviceable offensive linemen. Our new OL coach said he needs to go to war with eight. Can’t see anyone other than wisdom being talented enough to be No. 8. Plenty of great Temple OL guys have been 6-1 and under. If we had two true freshman start last year, and we did, this guy can at least be a second-teamer.

      • That’s very concerning . We’re losing a 6’5″ 325lb OT. Is it the new coaching staff . I mean with a thin OL, its not like Bryant won’t have a chance to start .

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