The Temple Wildcats have done things in large numbers during the last three football seasons. They’ve played 45 games and won 37, highlighted by 13 victories in 16 playoff games in front of big, loud Temple crowds.
The Wildcats put on another large-scale performance Wednesday afternoon in their fieldhouse’s packed, raucous locker room as seven of their best players finalized college commitments on national signing day, headlined by defensive end Taquon Graham with Texas and safety Ashton Logan with Baylor.
Defensive end AJ Gulley and defensive tackle Lamonte Williams are joining NCAA Division II programs at Midwestern State and Texas A&M-Commerce, respectively. Two Wildcats will go the junior college route as linebacker Rogers Franklin signed with Navarro and tight end Zach Rumfield signed with Trinity Valley, while safety Ben Norman accepted an offer to be a preferred walk-on at FCS Abilene Christian.
Graham, the nation’s 146th-ranked recruit according to the ESPN 300, gave Texas a verbal commitment in early September but kept his many options open after the Longhorns fired head coach Charlie Strong and hired Tom Herman. The 2015 District 17-5A MVP was hosted by Longhorns freshman and former Temple wide receiver Davion Curtis on a recent official visit in Austin, and Graham said he knew for sure after visiting TCU a week later that he wanted to sign with Herman’s program.