Temple Recruits Rank High

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Matt Rhule and his coaching staff missed on a couple Garden State targets Monday. Flemington linebacker Jason Cabinda opted for Syracuse, while Millville defensive tackle Antonie White selected Penn State. Still, recruiting is much like baseball in that if you're successful 30 percent of the time, you're probably having one heck of a season, and the head coach seems to be having a good year.

Matt Rhule and his coaching staff missed on a couple Garden State targets Monday.

Flemington linebacker Jason Cabinda opted for Syracuse, while Millville defensive tackle Antonie White selected Penn State.

Still, recruiting is much like baseball in that if you're successful 30 percent of the time, you're probably having one heck of a season, and the first-year head coach and his staff seem to be having a pretty good year.

The recent signing of cornerback Anthony Davis, a high three-star recruit ranked 41st nationally at his position by scout, is probably the star of the class and is also the second defensive back from Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pa.

The Owls also picked up No. 80 CB Delvon Randall from Gateway in this recruiting class. The connection — current Temple wide receivers coach Terry Smith was the former head coach at the Western Pennsylvania school.

Among the other players ranked in the top 100 at their positions are Philadelphia guard Aaron Ruff (No. 28), Shillington, Pa. guard Connor Morehart (67) and Morris Plains, N.J. defensive end Michael Dogbe (78).

All five players are three-star recruits.

The class is currently ranked 50th nationally by scout, which is tops overall in what will be the American Athletic Conference a year from now.

Only Rutgers and Louisville are higher and both are departing the league at the end of the year. Next in line is SMU at No. 59.

And while they missed on a few top Jersey prospects on Monday, Temple has done very well overall in the state earning commitments from five Jersey players so far.

In February, Rhule signed 11 New Jersey players, including highly-regarded running back Zaire Williams, quarterback P.J. Walker, linebacker Buddy Brown and kicker Jim Cooper.

So Rhule and his coaches might have gone 0-fer on Monday, but recruiting is a lot like baseball. There's always another chance tomorrow, and judgment is reserved for long-term success.

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