Top Running Back: Tony Temple

In 2003, the Wolverines raided Missouri, grabbing the state's top two prospects in Will Paul and Anton Campbell. Will that success continue in 2004? Missouri running back <B>Tony Temple</B> will be considered among the nation's elite prospects, and Michigan has already offered. spoke on Thursday evening with top Missouri running back Tony Temple (5-10, 195 lbs, 4.34 in the forty, 10.5 in the 100m dash) from Kansas City, MO, Rockhurst HS. In 2002, Temple rushed for 2,035 yards (9.1 yards per carry) and 35 touchdowns.

How many offers do you have so far?

I've got ten so far....I've got offers from Missouri, KU, K-State, Michigan, Oklahoma, LSU, UCLA, Notre Dame. That's most of them. I can't remember them all off the top of my head.

Have you narrowed your list down to a top-5?

No, I haven't narrowed things down at all.

Are you okay with going away from home, or would you rather stay close?

No, I don't care if I stay close. I wouldn't mind going somewhere else.

Have you visited any of the schools that have offered you?

Just to the local schools, because I can't take official visits yet. So I've been to Missouri, KU, and K-State. But I haven't made any big trips.

Did you have a favorite team growing up?

No, no. I wish I did. It would make this kind of easy. But no, I didn't have any kind of favorite.

Do you plan to attend any Nike Camps, or school run summer camps?

No, I don't.

What are you looking for in a school?

Well, first of all, I want to be sure about academics, for after I'm done playing football. So that's my main priority. And then second; someplace where I'll feel comfortable, and where I'll enjoy myself. And basically third would be the people. What the people are like that I'll be around everyday.

Do you think that you'll decide early or late?

I don't think it's going to be anytime soon. I think I'll take my time.

Are there any pro or college players that you would compare yourself to?

A lot of people compare me to Barry Sanders actually. Because I can move and wiggle, and because of how strong I am in my legs. I break a lot of tackles, so I get compared to him a lot. And believe it or not, I also get compared to Walter Payton. Because he wasn't very big, but he could run over you. And that's what I have. Even though I can wiggle and escape from a lot of things, I can also run over you.

Max Emfinger rates Tony Temple as the nation's #5 running back.

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