In late June, Fort Pierce (Fla.) Fort Pierce Central two-star safety Joseph Figueroa named Memphis his clear-cut leader after a visit to check out the Tigers. Another school, Temple, has now moved up to the level of Memphis and made it a top two for the 5-foot-10, 185-pound defensive back. Figueroa, who has yet to be offered by the Owls, expects one soon.
"They will be offering most likely when I go visit them July 27th through the 30th," Figueroa said.
The Sunshine State defender explained why he has yet to land an offer from Temple.
"They don't like to offer players who don't get the opportunity to come check the campus, town, and brand new facilities out in person," Figueroa said.
Figueroa has dealt with a pair of assistant coaches on the staff at Temple.
"Coach Sean Cronin and the defensive coordinator, Coach (Chuck) Heater, told me right now I'm rated very, very high on their board of defensive backs," Figueroa said. "They don't have any commitments yet for 2013 safeties. So based on what they have been telling me they are trying to make this visit a big one for me."
While a decision is possible after his visit to Temple, Figueroa may take a little more time before making an announcement.
"I would like to make a decision sometime before my senior year starts which is the end of August so hopefully I will have a commitment by the beginning of September at the latest," Figueroa said.
As a junior, Figueroa had 97 tackles including five tackles for loss. He also intercepted eight passes returning three for touchdowns.
Academically, he has a 3.5 GPA and earned a 22 on the ACT making him fully qualified.