The two players said they never seriously thought about de-committing, and on Wednesday's national signing day, Chudnoff and Cooper will be two of the 21 players who are expected to be part of Temple's 2011 recruiting class. The new Owls will be revealed at a news conference at Edberg-Olson Hall.
Also among them are 5-10, 205-pound Harriton High running back Spencer Reid, the son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, and Clinton Granger, a 6-3, 232-pound quarterback from GW who comes to Temple by way of Pierce Junior College in Los Angeles.
Temple lost one committed player in December when Olsen Pierre, 6-61/2, 280-pound defensive end from Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) followed Golden to Miami.
Reid was not offered a scholarship until Addazio took over and paid a visit to Harriton High, where he went to see only one prospect.
"I had been to Al Golden's camp twice, and they said they'd stay in contact," said Reid, who rushed for 960 yards while scoring 15 touchdowns last fall. "They had my highlight film, and coach Addazio liked what he saw. He said he would see how many scholarships he had. He was very serious and seemed like he knew what he was talking about. He sounded like he wanted tough guys there, and that's what I'm about."
Addazio cannot comment on his incoming players until they turn in a signed letter of intent, which will happen on Wednesday. But to make sure Chudnoff and Cooper were still on board despite Golden's departure, he visited with them in the office of GW coach Ron Cohen.
"I didn't know him, so I had no expectations," said Cooper, a 5-10, 161-pound athlete who likely will play wide receiver at Temple. "He seemed cool, real, and about business. He seemed intense. I like intense coaches."
"I told him if I go up there and play for him, I'd take my heart out of my chest and hand it to him," said Chudnoff, who attended each Temple home game last season. "That's what I did for my high school team, and that's what I'm going to do at Temple. Once I committed, I wanted to be an Owl."
Keita Crespina, a former Temple defensive back, is now in his fourth year as the defensive coordinator at GW. Crespina has been around - he had a pro career that included stops with the Eagles, the Arizona Cardinals, the Toronto Argonauts, NFL Europe and the Arena Football League - and he lauded the work ethic of Chudnoff and Cooper.
"Brandon is the first one in, and the last to leave," Crespina said. "We have to kick him out sometimes. Daquan has tremendous athletic ability, and he won't be outworked either. He has a lot of humility. He's willing to help a teammate out. He's not a "me" guy."
Granger, who led GW to a city championship in 2007, split time with another signal-caller at Pierce last season. He is a two-way threat who passed for 1,176 yards and 10 touchdowns, while rushing for five scores.
Temple has quarterbacks Mike Gerardi and Chester Stewart returning from last season. Both started games with mixed results. Gerardi was the starter in the Owls' last five outings as Temple finished 8-4 and went without a bowl invitation.
Cohen said colleges were still calling him about Granger on Tuesday, knowing that the player had orally committed to Temple.
"They brought him in from California, so they must like him," said Cohen, who described Granger as a raw talent when the player left high school. "He's a big kid who needed more playing time. Some schools wanted him to play defensive end. I haven't seen him play since he left us, but I'm proud of him. He's come a long way."
In Chudnoff and Cooper, Cohen said Temple will be getting two players who are about taking care of business.
"Brandon has a tremendous work ethic, and he's a typical George Washington player," said Cohen, who's been guiding the team for 26 years. "Tough and a team player. Daquan was probably the most talented player on the team, but he didn't realize it. He thought it came easy. He learned the hard way that you can't go with your God-given talent. When Temple offered him, it changed his whole life."
Notes. Britt Reid, who was a graduate assistant under Golden, was retained by Addazio. . . . Temple named Zach Smith as wide receivers/special teams coach on Tuesday.
Temple's Recruiting Class
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. High School
Robbie Anderson WR 6-3 180 So. Plantation (Fla.)
Nainy Bah WR 6-2 184 Morgan School
Antonio Belt# WR 6-0 170 Forestville Mil. Acad.
Brandon Chudnoff LB 6-2 228 George Washington
Daquan Cooper WR 5-10 161 George Washington
Donte Dotson WR 5-8 170 Milford Academy
Malcolm Eugene* WR 6-4 205 Elwood-John Glenn
Jalen Fitzpatrick QB 5-11 180 Harrisburg
Clinton Granger QB 6-3 232 George Washington
Pierce JC (Calif.)
Kenny Harper S 6-0 215 Buchholz (Fla.)
Tyron Harris* WR 6-3 195 Lindenwold
Pierce JC (Calif.)
Chris Hutton WR 5-10 185 Paul VI
Cory Johnson DT 6-3 285 Chambersburg (Pa.)
Eric Lofton OL 6-5 280 Rancocas Valley
Praise Martin-Oguike LB 6-1 220 Woodbridge
Jacob Quinn OL 6-5 245 St. Mark's (Del.)
Spencer Reid RB 5-10 205 Harriton
Raysean Richardson LB 6-1 210 Oscar Smith (Va.)
Nate Smith# LB 6-0 220 Fork Union
Hershey Walton# OL 6-4 320 Fork Union
Khadeem Wilson DE 6-3 240 St. Anthony (N.J.)
* Mid-year transfers
# signed with Temple in 2010
Contact staff writer Kevin Tatum at (215) 854-2583 or firstname.lastname@example.org.