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September 20, 2012
Temple resurgent on, off field
Dallas Jackson is the National Columnist for Rivals.com. Email him your comments or story ideas to DallasJ@Yahoo-Inc.com and follow him on Twitter.
When the Temple Owls were unceremoniously voted out of the Big East in 2004, the
program found itself dangerously close to being disbanded.
The pair helped the Owls close the year with the No. 76 recruiting class -- its second-highest since 2004.
Temple's current class is ranked No. 73 in the nation, and Farrell said that the next step is simple.
"Getting on that next level and competing with Rutgers in New Jersey, competing with Syracuse in New York and going after some kids that would normally look at other places is the next step," he said. So far, Temple is doing just that with the class of 2013."
Outside linebacker Buddy Brown chose Temple over offers from all over the country. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound three-star from Williamstown (N.J.) High took unofficial visits to Penn State, Rutgers, Georgia Tech and Maryland before choosing the North Philadelphia school.
Offensive center Matt Barone of McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour switched his verbal commitment from Big East member Connecticut to Temple in June. Barone is another three-star player and is ranked No. 17 overall at his position.
Temple's third major recruiting victory on the year is inside linebacker Jarred Alwan who chose the Owls over Boston College and West Virginia. Alwan is the No. 23 player in the state of New Jersey playing out of Cherry Hill (N.J.) Camden Catholic and, at 6 feet and 212 pounds, will fill a position of need at Temple.
Addazio believes his roots in the area and the product on the field will continue to lead to more success on the recruiting trail.
"I have been a Northeast guy my whole life," he said. "Every place I have been, this has been my territory so I know the area, I know the coaches and I know what life is like up here.
"Philadelphia is in a great spot to attract talent. First of all it is a passionate football city that is undergoing a major renaissance in the community. Second, within a four-hour radius there are major hotbeds for players. You can get kids here quickly on a plane, on a train, or in their car."
Coinciding with the perceived rise of Temple is the potential for collapse at Penn State and turmoil at Pitt.
Penn State has had just two recruiting classes finish outside of the Top 50
since 2002. One was last season, amid the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse
scandal, when it finished No. 51. The other was in 2003, when the program
finished No. 93 for the simple reason that it signed just 11 players.
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