Big Man On Campus

The Temple University football program received verbal commitments at a rapid pace last week, including six in one frenetic 24-hour period. Rancocas Valley (N.J.) offensive tackle Ray Korang took notice. Deciding he didn't want to miss out on his top school, the 6-foot-8, 298-pounder decided to end his recruitment and give his verbal to the Owls. Korang also had an offer from Louisville.

The Temple University football program received verbal commitments at a rapid pace last week, including six in one frenetic 24-hour period.

Rancocas Valley (N.J.) offensive tackle Ray Korang took notice. Deciding he didn't want to miss out on his top school, the 6-foot-8, 298-pounder decided to end his recruitment and give his verbal to the Owls.

Korang also had an offer from Louisville and was receiving interest from Syracuse, Rutgers, Boston College and Wisconsin.

"I didn't want to risk anything," said Korang. "So many people were committing (to Temple), and my coach even said to me ‘I don't want to tell you what to do, but everybody's committing.' What do they have now, 21 (verbals)?

"Temple didn't want me to rush, they wanted me to do it on my timetable, but I haven't even really talked to Louisville and I talk to (Temple offensive line coach) Justin Frye every other day. So that made me get my spot."

Rancocas Valley coach Dan Haussman took over the program in May 2010 and saw a player in Korang with unlimited potential. A season of work in the weight room has turned Korang from a player who didn't crack the starting lineup as a sophomore to one of the top offensive linemen in the area.

"He's a fantastic edition for Temple," said Haussman. "His size is incredible. He's every bit what we list him at. He's done everything we've asked him to do. He was this raw kid with a lot of baby fat when we took over. But he's the most coachable kid. In the winter, fall and spring he's in the weight room every single day, and now he's a solid 300 pounds.

"He has great feet, he's quick and agile. He's improved his footwork and strength. I don't doubt in two years he'll be the starting left tackle for Temple."

Korang admitted since Haussman took over his goals have skyrocketed.

"Two years ago, my plan was community college," said the rising senior. "It hasn't just been me, (Haussman) has turned the whole program around. I started to figure if I was working this hard, it had to be for something."

Haussman credited Temple's new coaching staff with the rapport they are building with area schools. Two of RV's assistants, Terrance Howard and Lionel Bolen, played at Notre Dame when Owls head coach Steve Addazio was an assistant there.

"They really liked him," said Haussman. "It's no surprise he's the No. 1 recruiter in the country, and (Owls assistants) Chuck Heater and Justin Frye have done a fantastic job."

Korang said when the interest started coming in and he visited a couple schools, he kept an open mind. But he eventually decided there was no reason to overlook a program nearby that fit his needs and had a coaching staff he built a bond with.

"At first, I thought I'd go all the way to California (for the right offer)," he said. "But it was pretty much Temple (leading the way the whole time). I wanted my family to be able to watch my games and decided I wanted to stay close. I really like the coaching staff, and when the head coach says he wants you, it's time to go."

Korang said he visited Temple three times, including attending one of Addazio's one-day camps on a day he was sick.

"I pretty much just stood off to the side, but I didn't want to blow it off altogether," said Korang.

He'll be back for good a year from now. Asked if Haussman's projection of being the Owls' starting left tackle in two years was realistic, Korang didn't hesitate.

"I want to start as soon as I get there," he said.

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