Thanks to last week’s Tuesday game against Ohio, the Temple coaching staff was able to spend some extra time on the road recruiting over the past 10 days. Their effort paid dividends this weekend, as the Owls picked up a commitment from Justin Gildea of Hollidaysburg, Pa. They also pulled a scholarship offer to Anthony Schiavone of New London, Conn., who committed to Iowa.
Thanks to last week’s Tuesday night game against Ohio, the Temple football coaching staff was able to spend some extra time on the road recruiting over the past 10 days.
Their effort paid immediate dividends this weekend, as the Owls picked up a verbal commitment from 5-11, 171-pound defensive back Justin Gildea of Hollidaysburg, Pa. But it wasn’t a perfect recruiting weekend for Coach Al Golden’s squad, which also pulled a scholarship offer to 6-6, 225-pound tight end Anthony Schiavone of New London, Conn., who committed instead to Iowa.
Gildea is a nice addition to Temple’s current list of verbal commitments. He plays running back, wide receiver, and defensive back for Hollidaysburg, and is currently projected to play defensive back at Temple. But he could get a look on offense, too.
Gildea told Scout.com that he’s been timed at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He attended camps at Temple, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Maryland, along with some lesser schools during an active summer.
Thus far in 2008, Gildea is leading his team in rushing (329 yards, 6.9 yards per carry), receiving (21 catches, 278 yards), kickoff returns (28.5 yards per return), punt returns (18.3 yards per return), tackles (58), interceptions (4),and he’s scored a team-high 14 touchdowns.
“Justin is a pretty special player,” said Hollidaysburg Coach John Barton, whose team just finished the regular season with an 8-1 record and is the top seed in the PIAA District 6 AAA playoffs.
While adding Gildea to their list of verbal commitments, the Owls also dropped Schiavone, who visited Iowa a week ago. Schiavone had been the second high school player to commit to Temple this summer.
Last year, the Owls lost a handful of early verbal commitments when BCS schools came along with scholarship offers. Schiavone is the first to follow that path this recruiting season.