Temple University assistant coach Terry Smith already has made some inroads in WPIAL football recruiting, but he is not done with the class of 2014.
Smith, in his first year as a Temple assistant after spending the past 11 years as the head coach at Gateway High School (his alma mater), already has gotten four players, three who played for Smith at Gateway, to make verbal commitments to the Owls.
But Smith also is trying to lure a few of the WPIAL's top prospects, offering scholarships to four Aliquippa players. Running back-defensive back Dravon Henry, lineman Jaleel Fields and running back-defensive back Terry Swanson already had numerous scholarship offers. Then, Smith recently offered a scholarship to Aliquippa receiver Jyier Turner.
It is unlikely that Temple will get any of Aliquippa's players, but Smith is making an effort. The three Temple recruits from Gateway are receiver-defensive back Delvon Randall, receiver-defensive back Anthony Davis and linebacker Brenon Thrift. The fourth Temple recruit from the WPIAL is defensive end Darrious Carter of Indiana.
Two for the Ivy
Two players from the district already have made verbal commitments to Ivy League schools. Brashear lineman Scott Evans committed to Harvard a few weeks ago, then South Fayette receiver-defensive back Justin Watson committed to Pennsylvania.
Brown makes difference
One doesn't expect to see SMU land one of the top five basketball players in the country. But it happened -- and the main reason is Larry Brown.
Emmanuel Mudiay of Dallas is ranked the No. 3 senior in the country by rivals.com. Colleges nationwide offered him a scholarship. Then, Mudiay announced two weeks ago that he would attend SMU.
It was big recruiting news. SMU hasn't been to the NCAA tournament in the past 20 years and was below .500 the past five years. Mudiay's other finalists were Kentucky, Kansas, Baylor and Oklahoma State.
But he picked SMU mainly because of Brown, who is entering his second season as the Mustangs coach. Brown is the only coach to win titles in the NCAA (Kansas) and NBA (Detroit Pistons) and has coached nine NBA teams.
Twin brothers Collin and Ryan Luther, seniors on the Hampton basketball team, were scheduled to make an official visit to George Washington this week. George Washington is one of the schools that have offered scholarships to both Luthers. They might visit Duquesne soon.
The Luthers say they are not a "package deal," although there is a chance they could end up at the same college.