No surprise here.
The speculations began earlier this week when word got out that Damiere Shaw would hold a press conference. Thursday morning, with family and friends in attendance, the Cardinal O’Hara standout confirmed it.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback, who will be a senior this fall, said he will become a Temple Owl. Shaw chose the Owls over scholarship offers from Buffalo and Stony Brook.
Temple was “the first school that offered me [back in March], and I wanted to commit right then and there,” said Shaw, who’s the Owls 19th commitment for the Class of 2012. “But my parents and my coaches told me to wait it out.”
And some people believe he should have waited a little longer. That’s because Shaw was receiving some interest from Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Oregon and Boston College.
“But that’s not what it’s about,” he said. “I feel like Temple’s home. That’s where I want to be.”
As a result, Buffalo and Stony Brook never had a chance.
When it comes to non-Bowl Championship Series programs, Temple appears to be the school of choice for recruits in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland this summer.
How else can we explain the Owls receiving 10 oral commitments since Sunday night? Don’t be surprised if a few more trickle in before this weekend.
Recruits are impressed that the former doormat posted 9-4 and 8-4 campaigns the past two seasons. And the fact that first-year head coach Steve Addazio and several of his assistants formerly coached at national powerhouse Florida is an added benefit.
“I feel like Temple is a big up-and-coming program,” Shaw said.
A lockdown corner, he lined up against opposing teams’ best wideout last season. The first-team all-Catholic League selection only finished the season with 15 solo tackles, because teams rarely threw the ball to his side.
“I honestly can’t remember giving up one completion,” said Shaw, who only played seven games due to an injury. “Not one completion.”
Versatile, the Ridley native caught nine passes for 265 yards and four touchdowns to become a second-team all-Catholic selection at wideout. He also carried the ball 26 times for 216 yards and another score.
Despite his elusiveness on offense, Shaw is happy that Temple sees him as a cornerback at the next level.
“Especially with the coaching staff that Temple has,” he said. “They have coach [Chuck] Heater [Temple’s defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach]. He coached some of the best. For example, he had Joe Haden, who was a first-rounder for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL draft” in 2010.
“He has a lot of experience. So I think I should be good if I work.”
- Keith Pompey