Temple unveils football recruiting class

Eagles coach Andy Reid and his wife, Tammy, watched as son Spencer committed to Temple at Harriton High on Wednesday. Spencer Reid was a late addition to the Owls' recruiting class.
Eagles coach Andy Reid and his wife, Tammy, watched as son Spencer committed to Temple at Harriton High on Wednesday. Spencer Reid was a late addition to the Owls' recruiting class.
Posted: February 03, 2011

New Temple coach Steve Addazio unveiled his first Owls recruiting class on Wednesday during a news conference at the university's Howard Gittis Student Center.

Addazio, who took over the program Dec. 23 following Al Golden's departure for the head job at Miami, won over many of the players his predecessor established relationships with.

Recruiting along the East Coast is nothing new for Addazio, who visited many of the same schools recently that he did in his previous positions at Florida.

"I got here and got right on the road," said Addazio, who last season was the offensive coordinator at Florida. "I wanted to get out and see all of the commitments as fast as I could and meet with their parents and meet with their high school coaches. We held on to all of those commitments, and then added on to those."

One noteworthy addition to the players who remained true to Temple after Golden left was Harriton High's Spencer Reid, the son of Eagles coach Andy Reid. Addazio went after the younger Reid after watching a highlight film the player had sent Golden's staff.

Meanwhile, linebacker Brandon Chudnoff, wide receiver Daquan Cooper, and quarterback Clinton Granger are graduates of George Washington High who honored their commitments and stayed home. In 2010, Addazio pulled offensive lineman Sharrif Floyd out of George Washington for Florida when Floyd was one of the top recruits in the nation.

"We want to work a five-hour radius," Addazio said about Temple's recruiting area. "We want to have a great presence here in Philadelphia. We are talking about diamonds in our backyard."

Among the 20 new Temple players, seven are from Pennsylvania and six are from New Jersey. No fewer than 11 of the new recruits attended the Al Golden Football Camp last summer. One player who committed to Addazio - wide receiver Donte Dotson of Deerfield Beach, Fla. - changed his mind and did not sign with Temple. Addazio said Dotson was the only player he lost out on.

Rivals.com rated the Owls' Class of 2011 as tied for fifth best in the Mid-American Conference behind Toledo, Kent State, Bowling Green, and Ohio. Central Michigan and Temple came next.

"A lot of hard work has gone into this class," said Addazio, who was on the sideline for Florida when the Gators defeated Penn State in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl. "We got a great amount of help from everybody [at Temple]. It was a huge undertaking from start to finish. When there's a change and you come right in, it creates even more confusion, and it takes more hands on deck."

Notes. Wide receiver Malcolm Eugene and offensive lineman Hershey Walton, both junior college transfers, enrolled at Temple in January and will be eligible to participate in spring drills. . . . Temple has 19 players who are expected to come off the redshirt list this spring. . . . Thirteen starters and 43 letter-winners return for the Owls.


Contact staff writer Kevin Tatum at 215-854-2583 or ktatum@phillynews.com.

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