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Archbishop Wood QB Anthony Russo is decommitting from Rutgers and reopening the recruitment process.
Russo who passed for nearly 2500 yds and 35 TD’s in his senior year at Wood was recruited by Chris Flood and Rutgers offense under Flood was more of a Pro style Offense which by all accounts is the type of offense that is more suited for Russo.
New incoming Rutgers Head Coach Chris Ash will run a power spread offense similar to the one that propelled Houston to wild success this year. He has hired Drew Mehringer who was the Wide Receivers coach for Houston last year. Houston was led by former Ohio State Offensive Coordinator Tom Herrmann where Ash,coincidentally, was on staff.
Temple, who faced Houston for the AAC Championship this year, is said to have had Russo as their top target going into the recruiting season. Temple signed Montel Aaron a 6″5′ 200 lb QB from Antelope High in California. Aaron has a big time arm but with touch and when he runs his stride kind of reminds me of Randall Cunningham’s long strided gallop. He has elusiveness in the pocket and seems to see the field well.
Russo would also be a huge addition especially if the rumors are true that the Big 12 has been sniffing at Temple’s door. If expansion is in the works for the conference and Temple does indeed go, you can never have enough QB’s in that type of conference.
As far as Russo fitting what Temple likes to do on offense, I think he does. P.J. Walker rushed 81 times for 365 yards. Walker seemed to be at his best when he could sit in the pocket and take what the defense was giving him. Compared to a guy like Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma who rushed 141 times for 405 yards in what I don’t necessarily see as a “spread happy” offense. Temple would much rather be physical and rotate a stable of RB’s at you which would suit Russo just fine.
This would be a win-win for both Temple and for Russo. He stays in town and helps keep the Temple revival rolling along and Temple strikes while the irons are hot with the success of last year,bagging the home town boy who, in most years, may have not even given the Owls a sniff.
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