First Class

First Class

Temple football coach Matt Rhule introduced his first recruiting class of 23 players, including a strong pull from the South Jersey and Western Pa. areas. Listen to Rhule's signing day press conference.

Temple football coach Matt Rhule introduced his first recruiting class of 23 players, including a strong pull from the South Jersey and Western Pa. areas.

Among the signees is quarterback P.J. Walker, the only signal-caller in the class but one that projects as the Owls' starter in 2014 after their current senior-laden class graduates. He will be one of only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster after this season, joining Connor Reilly.
Walker was the Newark Star Ledger New Jersey Offensive Player of the Year in 2012. The four-year dual-threat quarterback led his Elizabeth High School team to a state title.

Walker was joined by high school teammate Jahad Thomas, the state's fourth-ranked running back.

Teammates were a theme as Rhule also brought in linebacker Buddy Brown and defensive end Julian Taylor from Williamstown (N.J.) and signed Montour linemen Matt Barone and Tyler Haddock.

Walker is arguably the marquee player in the class, but there are a few other intriguing players.

Running back Zaire Williams, from Timber Creek (N.J.), committed late after making a verbal to West Virginia. Kicker Jim Cooper from Mainland (N.J.) will help ease the pain of losing four-year starter Brandon McManus, with Albany transfer Paul Layton coming in to handle McManus' punting duties. Listen to Rhule's signing day press conference.

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