"The latest few days were beautiful up here. It was nice weather, great people, great coaches and great staff members," said Temple. "The campus was a lot better than I even thought it was.
"I'm 100,000 percent confident to be down here, be a Trojan and to be part of the team. I am very solid."
The 6-3, 285-pound standout from Liberty High School in Bakersfield (CA) made the trip to Los Angeles with his parents and grandparents, and while he was already excited to be a Trojan, he admitted that the visit exceed all expectations - especially the academics.
"The first thing we went through was the Academic Gameplan with Coach Baxter. The stuff they do with their academics as far as keeping the athletes positive, in check, and making sure they are on the grades was kind of shocking," he said. "To see how a complex situation can be narrowed down so easily and simple, it's just all put into one great simple program.
"I didn't realize how big the academics were here."
Temple was hosted by offensive lineman Abe Markowitz, and was pleasantly surprised to feel right at home with the current players.
"I thought I would come down here and they would just mess with us, dump us off at the hotel and go do their own thing, but they were really cool," Temple explained. "They made us feel like we were part of the family and made us feel really comfortable.
"We checked out the campus and they showed us where the dorms and stuff were. It made us feel real comfortable there. Everything was just wow."
The visit also allowed his parents the opportunity to talk with the coaching staff and ease any concerns that they may have had.
"All of the questions that we asked got answered, so I think we are all pretty much 100 percent confident and good with everything," he said.
Playing on both sides of the ball in high school, Temple has good athleticism and versatility for an offensive lineman. He will likely end up playing center, and says his strength is the tenacity and defensive mindset that he brings to the offensive line.
"My technique isn't the best but what is that I bring my defensive feeling to the offense," he said. "I don't just go up to someone and try to get in their way, I try to run someone over and attack them. I try to put my helmet between them and run them over."
Temple doesn't have a big announcement ceremony planned for Signing Day, opting for a more low key approach, but he admits that being a member of USC's 2011 recruiting class, surrounded by so many other talented players, is a pretty big deal.
"I will be able to say for the rest of my life that I was a Trojan and I came in with one of the best classes, possibly the best class signing that year," he said. "It's pretty exciting."
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