According to ESPN.com, Temple ranks third on the Football Bowl Subdivision commitment list behind Texas A&M and Miami, who have 22 apiece.
In comparison, Penn State is ranked 33d with 11 commitments. Rutgers (10) is eight spots behind the Nittany Lions, and Pittsburgh (seven) is ranked 66th. Villanova, a Football Championship Subdivision power, has five commitments.
The Owls have "become a legitimate player in the recruiting game. No doubt about it," said Holy Spirit coach Charlie Roman, whose senior running back, Nigel Jones, is considering Temple.
"Before, Temple was a last-resort type of school," Roman said. "That's not the case anymore."
Nowadays, recruits are impressed that the traditional loser is coming off 9-4 and 8-4 records in the last two seasons.
Another draw is Temple's ability to develop unheralded high school players into NFL prospects. Defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson was taken with the 30th overall pick by the New York Jets in April's NFL draft. Safety Jaiquawn Jarrett was the Eagles' second-round pick. Temple provided Jarrett's lone scholarship offer out of high school.
But perhaps the biggest draw is Addazio and his coaching staff. The new coach and several of his assistants won two BCS national championships while coaching under Urban Meyer at Florida.
So going to Temple "would be the same thing [as if] I went to Florida and got the coaching," said Ben Onett, a senior quarterback at St. John's College High in Washington, D.C., who has committed to the Owls.
Apparently, the coaches are recruiting as if they're still at Florida. According to Lichtenfels, Temple was always among the first schools to offer recruits scholarships. But he said, in seasons past, they would fall back once BCS programs such as Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Penn State, and Ohio State got involved.
"The buzz with [the current Temple coaches] is they feel, with Addazio, that they can [still] get those guys," Lichtenfels said. "They are going to stay in the game with them.
"They might not win every battle. They might not win 75 percent. But if you win one out of every 10 of those battles, that's still tough to stop."
The recruitment of Rancocas Valley's Ray Korang is one recruiting battle that the Owls won. The 6-foot-8, 297-pounder chose Temple over a scholarship offer from Louisville. Korang was also receiving interest from Miami, Boston College, Syracuse, and Rutgers.
After seeing Temple receive six commitments during the previous 48 hours, he became the Owls' 16th recruit on June 18.
"In the back of my mind, I wanted to go to Temple, all along," said Korang, who is New Jersey's third-best offensive line prospect in the Class of 2012, according to Rivals.com. "The coaches are great, and I feel they're going to make me into the best player possible. Spots were filling up quick. So I needed to take my place on the team."
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