TEMPLE'S FOOTBALL program has received four more oral commitments for the 2014 recruiting class, bringing the total to 21.
The latest additions are two players from Thomas Jefferson High in Tampa, Fla., wide receiver Ventell Bryant and safety Derrick Ingram and two junior-college transfers who also play that secondary position: Shahid Lovett from Lackawanna (Scranton) and Alex Wells from ASA in New York City.
The Owls finished 2-10 in Matt Rhule's first season. Six of the losses were by nine points or less, several on late passes. So obviously that's an area of concern that's being addressed.
Bryant had originally committed to Ohio. Ingram had offers from Massachusetts and Bowling Green. Bryant, who's from Baltimore, had an offer from South Florida. And Lovett had an offer from Cal.
Wells and Lovett, as midyear transfers, can sign their national letters of intent as early as next week. They are expected to begin taking classes next month and be part of spring practice. Both will have 2 years of eligibility remaining.
The others can't make it official until early February.
Quarterback Frank Nutile, from Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), who committed to North Broad Street last summer, also visited campus last weekend.
The Owls are involved with wideout David Njoku (Cedar Grove, N.J.), who had committed to Rutgers and is considered one of the state's top prospects.