Geoff Collins Staying Local on the 2018 Recruiting Trail
With the first recruiting class of Geoff Collins’ head coaching career, the first year head coach saw 17 high school signees commit to play on North Broad Street for the next four years. Collins has taken no time off mapping out his future team, as Temple has been busy offering 2018 recruits in the hopes of signing them next February.
In the two weeks after signing day on February 17, Geoff Collins has been busy offering new players, and backing up offers made by former head coach Matt Rhule.
Rhule, who turned a walk-on Philadelphia recruit in Haason Reddick into a potential first round pick in the NFL draft, was known to invest heavily in local recruits, and seems to have rubbed off on Collins.
Beginning with the all-important quarterback position, Temple has offered four quarterbacks from Pennsylvania, including LaSalle’s Isaiah Jones, a three star dual threat quarterback according to 247sports. With the loss of Phillip Walker, a three plus year record-breaking quarterback at Temple; the Owls are searching for a future replacement in the high school ranks.
St. Joes Prep’s own Darryle Simmons, rated a four star wide receiver by rivals, has offers from power five schools in West Virginia, and Penn State, along with Temple. The Owls will look to keep Jones and Simmons in the city, and join a Temple team that has posted back to back 10 win seasons, and coming off an AAC championship victory over Navy.
Continuing to invest in Philadelphia, Temple offered Imhotep Charter’s Isheem Young, who helped lead the Panthers to a state championship in 2015, and a runner up in 2016, has offers from national powerhouses in Alabama, Florida State, and Tennessee, also picked up an offer from Temple. In total, Young has over 20 offers from around the country, and locally in Pitt, Penn State, and Rutgers.
At Florida, Geoff Collins coached his fair share of defensive talent to go on to the NFL. Notable players Vernon Hargraves III, and Keanu Neal both played under Collins at Florida, and both were selected in the 2016 draft. Nicknamed the “Minister of Mayhem,” Collins has been known to coach an aggressive defense. His Gators defense was the fifth ranked in the nation in total defense. Collins takes over the third ranked total defense from a year ago, and looks to continue adding young players to develop into impact players.
This week Temple hired the first ever S.W.A.G coordinator in college football. The title stands for specialist with advanced graphics. Dave Gerson will help brand Temple football to fans, and most importantly recruits.
With over 20 Pennsylvania recruits already offered by Geoff Collins and his staff, Temple looks to the recent success of the team, and the new coaching staff to compete with schools in power conferences on the recruiting trail.