Class of 2006:
-Jason Harper (5-11/200/NJ) -- 2 stars; 2,005 total yards and 14 TDs in his career; is now playing wide receiver
-Kee-ayre Griffin (5-10/180/NJ) -- 3 stars; WVU and BC also offered him out of high school; 729-8 career rushing; now a starting DB.
-Marcellous Grigsby (5-11/200/CA) -- JUCO transfer; 2 stars; 74 yards and 2 TDs in two seasons as a backup
Class of 2007
-Joe Jones (6-0/200/FL) -- 3 stars; USF and UCF also offered; 911 career total yards and 3 scores; he's a WR now
Daryl Robinson (5-9/175/PA) -- 4 stars; the most heavily recruited player Temple signed under Golden; he was Temple's top rusher in 2007 before leaving for Junior College.
-Corwin Acker (5-10/180/MD) -- 2 stars; he never enrolled and is a backup RB at James Madison now
-Kitt Anderson (5-10/180/PA) 2 stars; enrolled but a foot injury immediately ended his career.
Class of 2008
-Tony Cornelius (5-11/180/FL) -- 3 stars; once an Iowa commit; never enrolled because of grades
-Ahkeem Smith (6-0/190/PA) -- 2 stars; 52 career yards and one score
-James Nixon (6-0/175/CT) -- 2 stars; 695 career yards and 3 TDs; he started at RB, then played WR, and is now at DB
-Malcolm Williams (6-0/180/PA) -- 2 stars; never enrolled
-Matt Brown (5-5/170/NJ) -- 2 stars; 1,359 and 12 TDs rushing in just two seasons
Class of 2009
-Bernard Pierce (6-0/200/PA) -- 2 stars; 2,089 career yards and 26 TDs; All MAC type of player
Class of 2010
-Chris Burrell (5-6/160/NJ) -- 2 stars; 10 carries for 14 yards
-Myron Myles (6-1/205/PA) -- 3 stars; once a Vanderbilt commit; he hasn't played yet
So what is there to learn from this?
- Golden likes recruiting lots of running backs. 15 in five years is a bunch.
- The size varies. The two best backs he signed are much different in size. One came in at 5-5/170 and the other 6-0/200. The average recruit was 5-10.5/185.
- In five recruiting classes, Golden never signed a pure fullback. Interestingly, the team's primary fullback this season was former Miami LB signee Zach Kane.
- four of the 15 signees never enrolled at Temple.
- Five of the 11 who signed and enrolled ended up switching positions so he's not afraid to move guys around if they can help in other areas.
- Seven of the 11 who enrolled ended up being successful. That's a pretty good success rate in terms of the evaluations.