Jihaad Pretlow's junior year highlights at Blair Academy.
It's been a year and two months since I've last walked inside the Edberg-Olson Football Complex, now a $17 million football practice facility on the main campus of Temple University.
I was impressed by a lot of things, but one sign caught my fancy:
"What you do outside of here, you do to everyone inside of here."
Gosh, even though that's an Al Golden sign, I hope that's still hanging prominently and they make everyone jump up and touch it on the way out, even the 5-5 Matt Brown (I know he's got the vertical leap to do it).
Judging by the first recruits of Steve Addazio's 2013 class, there is something special happening at Temple University and I hope some alleged knuckleheaded behavior that we've heard about in recent weeks doesn't ruin it for everybody inside.
|The early recruiting list, according to Owlscoop.com|
Just suffice it to say, if you are a Temple football player, look at that sign and take it to heart. For four years, keep your nose clean, listen to your coaches and generally don't be a pain in the ass.
You will be rewarded once you graduate.
Just ask Muhammad "Highly Praised" Wilkerson or Bernard "The Franchise" Pierce or Rod Streater, among others. They will lead you down the right path.
Ironically, the Golden Rule is to do under others as you would have done unto you. That's the regular Golden Rule, not the Al Golden Rule.
|I like the way lock-down corner Anthony Robey thinks.|
With that in mind, we hope the new Temple football players in the Class of 2013 are listening to this kind of advice because Steve Addazio is in the process of building a formidable football power in Philadelphia.
I wouldn't get caught up in the star system because, even though cousins Jihaad Pretlow and P.J. Walker are rated only two stars now, they have five-star talent in my mind. Take a look at the Pretlow video above. If that's not the re-incarnation of Bernard Pierce or Paul Palmer, I don't know what is. Pretlow makes fast cornerbacks look like linemen. Walker is a better version of Juice Granger and Juice Granger is very, very good right now.
Nik D'Avanzo and Tyler Haddock have big-time pass-rushing ability. Offensive lineman Matt Barone has "Temple TUFF" stamped on his farhead, figuratively at least.
I always thought there were two keys to winning at any level of football:
1) Protect your quarterback;
2) Put the other quarterback on his ass.
Addazio seems to be building his program with those two tenants in mind.
He's going for mobile quarterbacks who, if the protection breaks down, can make defenses pay with their feet.
He's also going for fast linemen who can chase down those quarterbacks, preferably far behind the line of scrimmage.
Stir in a spread offense and a Chuck Heater defense, kickers like Brandon McManus and Jim Cooper Jr., return men like Jalen Fitzpatrick and Khalif Herbin, mix, and you have a championship cake baking, with a Cherry on top of White icing.
Let's go eat, as Hunter Pence might say.