Temple's football program has just about completed its fourth recruiting class under Al Golden by adding six oral commitments to its list, including three local players.

The prize of the group could well be two-way lineman Kadeem Custis, of Neumann-Goretti High, a 6-5, 270-pounder who is expected to play on the defensive side of the ball.

Custis made official visits to Temple and West Virginia, in that order.

N-G coach Bill Sytsma said Custis also had offers from Connecticut, Pitt, Duke, Maryland and North Carolina State.

Why the Owls?

"Al Golden," Sytsma said, simply. "He spent a lot of time with Kadeem, and he really believed in him. That's the guy. Al Golden and [assistant] Paul Williams sold Kadeem on the program."

The Owls also landed Bernard Pierce, a 6-foot, 205-pound tailback from Glen Mills who rushed for 1,500 yards last season and scored 26 touchdowns. Kwame Johnson (5-11, 185), a cornerback from Valley Forge Military Academy, also is headed to North Broad Street.

The other three oral commitments came from Marcus Green (6-1, 225), a linebacker from Scotch Plains-Fanwood (N.J.) High; Deonte Parker (5-11, 175), a cornerback from Feather River (Calif.) Community College; and Aaron Hush (6-3, 230), a defensive end from Piscataway (N.J.) High.

Golden will officially welcome the group on the first day of the weeklong national signing period in early February. By rule, he can't comment on any of the players until then.

The Owls went 5-7 last season (4-4 Mid-American Conference), the most wins for the program since 1990.

In other Temple news, Scott Kosloski was named associate athletic director for development, a position he previously held at Tennessee-Chattanooga. The western Pennsylvania native also worked in various capacities at James Madison, Niagara, Washington & Jefferson College and Robert Morris. *

Daily News sports writer Ted Silary contributed to this report.