Wednesday was a big day on the recruiting trail for new head coach Geoff Collins and his staff. The day saw three separate 3-Star recruits commit to Temple, each becoming a member of the 2018 Temple recruiting class that has been gaining momentum ahead of Collins’ inaugural season.
Here is the breakdown of the three June 20th signees.
Trad Beatty, QB
The most notable commitment of the day was of one Trad Beatty. The 6-5 200lb southpaw quarterback out of Ben Lippen School in Columbia South Carolina becomes the first QB commitment of the 2018 Owls recruiting class.
Beatty is listed as a dual threat quarterback by 247sports, and is listed as a three star recruit. Beatty was an all-state selection in his junior season, and ran an impressive 4.62 40-yard dash, showing how he can do it with his legs, as well as his arm.
Beatty received offers from 16 other schools most notably from Mississippi State, and NC State. He also had offers from Western Kentucky, and Harvard.
After the graduation of Phillip Walker, the four year starter who could also make plays with his arm, as well as his feet, the Owls are in search of a new starting quarterback. Logan Marchi, Anthony Russo, and Todd Centeio all factor to be in the race throughout the remainder of the offseason. Beatty will look to join the race when he arrives on North Broad Street for the 2018 season.
Kyle Dobbins, RB
The second offensive commitment of the day came in the form of Kyle Dobbins out of St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland, New Jersey. The 5-10 188lb running back rushed for 1,282 yards in his junior season, along with 17 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.
Those numbers come after a sophomore season in which he ran for 1,613 yards, for an impressive 161.3 yards per game, and 19 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.
Including Temple, Dobbins had offers from eight schools, including Boston College, Army, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Rutgers, and Northwestern, according to 247sports.
Dobbins will join a stacked running back corps in 2018 even with the departure of record-breaking running back Jahad Thomas. The backfield includes former 4-star recruit
Ryquell Armstead, who rushed for over 900 yards last season, David Hood, and Jager Gardner. Dobbins will look to compete from the start as a freshman, and earn meaningful snaps.
Jayde Pierre, DT
To round out the day Temple added a commitment from 2018 DT Jayde Pierre, out of Dominion in Sterling, Virginia. The 6-0 195lb defensive tackle had nine other offers including, Rutgers, Virginia, Arizona, and Purdue.
Pierre becomes the first interior defensive line recruit of the 2018 class, under former Florida defensive coordinator, and now Temple Head Coach Geoff Collins.
Pierre will look to have an impact on a solid defensive line that helped propel the Owls to a top ten total defense ranking in 2016.
The Owls 2018 recruiting class now stands at 11 players. They include:
|Amir Gillis||ATH||Simon Gratz||PA|
|Daesean WInston||OLB||Arch Spalding||MD|
|Elijah Clark||CB||Sayreville War M
|Antonio Colclough||WDE||Cardinal Hayes||NY|
|Chauncey Moore||S||Friendship Academy||DC|
|Jean Paul Rodriguez||OT||Lakewood||NJ
|Christian Barmore||OG||Neumann Goretti||PA|
With the recent success of the program, including back to back bowl appearances, AAC championship game appearances, and the 2016 AAC championship victory, Temple is gaining momentum on the field, and on the recruiting trail.