Friday, June 28, 2013

No. 2-rated player in state commits to Owls



One spring day in 1980, Wayne Hardin was standing on Geasey Field commenting about his strong stable of running backs at Temple University.
"And then we have Jim Brown at tailback," he said. "Jim Brown. I like that name."
That's the same way I felt this morning when I heard the news that Temple landed someone named Anthony Davis.
Anthony Davis' verbal to TU was all over the Pittsburgh papers.
The Anthony Davis I remember was robbed of a  Heisman Trophy at USC as a running back.
The Anthony Davis Temple got this morning is a cornerback at Gateway High in the WPIAL who is the No. 2-rated player in Pennsylvania, as determined by 247sports.com.
When I walk into a room for a purpose, I sometimes don't remember what that purpose was but I have a pretty good long-term memory about Temple football recruiting and I don't ever remember Temple landing a top 1-2 player from Pennsylvania.
Temple has landed top players from New Jersey, like Kevin Harvey (Paulsboro) and P.J. Walker (Elizabeth), but never someone this high from its own state.
Hardin was a rookie coach at Navy when Jim Brown, the greatest ever to have a ball in his hands, was snubbed for the Heisman Trophy.
No. 2-ranked in Pennsylvania.

Someone named Paul Hornung won it instead for a LOSING Notre Dame team. Brown's omission will go down at the biggest Heisman snub ever.
Snubs apparently are a thing of the past for Temple, though. The recruits keep getting better.
The Owls currently have the No. 43-rated recruiting class in the country and Davis' verbal can only move that ranking up a notch or two in the upcoming days.
Davis plays a position the Owls sorely need to upgrade.
No cornerback has ever won the Heisman Trophy, but there's always a first for everything.
Who knows?
If the first Jim Brown and the first Anthony Davis can get snubbed for the Heisman, then maybe this Anthony   Davis can add one of those snubbed names to the trophy.

4 comments:

Steve McQueen said...

Ah. Unless you're going by strictly 24/7's ranking, not their composite ranking.

Makes sense.

http://247sports.com/Season/2014-Football/RecruitRankings?InstitutionGroup=HighSchool&State=PA

Temple Football Forever said...

Yes, strictly 247.

Da M Nels said...

You should mention Anthony Young, Kevin Ross, and Todd Bowles? Temple use to be DBU (Defensive Back U).

Temple Football Forever said...

Anthony Young was the best punt returner Temple ever had and the Owls have had some good ones, including Matty Brown and Delano Green recently.