Saturday, January 31, 2015

Temple decommit considers walk-on opportunities

Call me skeptical.

Temple decommit considers walk-on opportunities

Call me skeptical.

But something doesn’t sound right here.

Broad Run High School (Va.) senior offensive lineman Jackson Matteo decommitted from Temple last week to pursue preferred walk-on offers at Virginia Tech and Virginia. His high school coach, Matt Griffis, told the Washington Post Matteo wants to play for a “bigger conference team.”

I can’t fault him for that.

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But to turn down a scholarship to become a preferred walk-on sounds kind of risky. Perhaps, there’s more to this story.

Apparently, Zach Smith leaving Temple’s coaching staff to become the wideouts coach at Ohio State contributed to Matteo’s decision. Smith was Matteo’s recruiter.

“He saw that coaches don’t go to Temple to finish their career, it’s a step on the journey,” Griffis told the Post. “I think that’s a concern as a kid. He’s recruiting me, but in a few years he could be gone.”

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at Reach Keith at

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