Ten million percent committed is a pretty solid commitment but that’s what Richard Dandridge, one of Florida’s top receivers, gave Temple on Wednesday.
What does “10 million percent” mean?
For starters, it’s a lot more than 100 percent or 1,000 percent or even 10,000 percent.
It probably means come early signing day in December even an offer from Alabama or Clemson or Ohio State will be turned down or that’s too much credibility going down the drain for any young man to tinker with.
Beyond that, it’s just another indication that new Temple head coach Stan Drayton continues to push all the right buttons as we wrote in this space last week.
Put it this way: Drayton obviously feels some pressure to produce this year so stacking the roster with transfer portal talent better than the talent in the building has been job one.
All signs point to that job being near complete with the addition of probable starting quarterback Quincy Patterson a week ago yesterday. In just a few short months, Drayton has upgraded the quarterback room from a guy who started the 2021 opener for 2022 National Champion Georgia to a guy who led Virginia Tech to a win over a North Carolina roster that hammered Temple, 55-13.
You can talk all you want about Patterson’s passing but his throwing ability was on display against Mack Brown’s Tarheels and it was good enough.
At least for me considering the guy on the short end for Temple against UNC was statistically one of the four best quarterbacks in Temple history.
Patterson has two years of eligibility left at Temple and Dandridge will be one of the guys he will be able to throw to in 2023. Dandridge is a guy who had 10 touchdown receptions and over 1,000 yards receiving in one of the best leagues in the very best high school state.
That’s an explosive combination.
Even more so, Dandridge’s commitment is an indication that Drayton understands that the way to build the Temple program is the same way Al Golden and Matt Rhule did … by establishing strong relationships with great high school players that lead other great high school players to want to join that first guy.
That might not be a 10 million percent improvement over Rhule or Golden but it certainly is a 100 million improvement over the last CEO here and just watch where that leads.
Dandridge might be the first high-level recruit, but all indications are he won’t be the last.
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