Owls' 2014 class getting noticed

Matt Rhule scored a major recruiting coup last month when Imhotep Charter offensive tackle Aaron Ruff committed to the Owls. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

The seventeen oral commitments Temple football has received for the class of 2014 have them giddy on North Broad Street. However, the impressive haul thus far has also caught the eyes of the people responsible for evaluating the class.

Rivals.com rates Temple’s recruiting class No. 30 in the nation, dropping the Owls one spot behind Oklahoma and ahead of Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

The website 247sports.com has the Owls ranked 42 in the nation, behind Georgia Tech and ahead of Duke, Missouri and Duke. Scouts.com has the Owls ranked right behind Minnesota at 45. Falling behind the Owls are Boise State, Pitt and Nebraska.

The top names in the class of 2014 are defensive back Anthony Davis from Gateway (Monroeville, Pa) and Imhotep offensive lineman Aaron Ruff.  Davis is one of three players from Gateway. Notable about his commitment is that the Owls received it over Nebraska, Illinois, Penn State, Cincinnati and Georgia Tech, to name a few.

Temple’s 2013 recruiting class was ranked seventh in the Big East by Rivals.com and ninth by Scout.com. The Owls’ earned the top ranking in the Mid-American Conference in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2012.

In other news, single-game tickets for Temple’s six home games in 2013 will go on sale on Thursday, July 11 at 10 a.m.

Individual game tickets will be available in-person at the Lincoln Financial Field box office, via telephone (800)-745-3000, (Ticketmaster), or online at www.OwlsTix.com.

Single-game ticket prices in advance are $ 20 (end zone), $30 (sideline), and $45 (club level). End zone ticket prices will increase to $23 on the day of games.