Hampton (Va.) Phoebus wide receiver Romond Deloatch wrapped up a decision today. One of the state's top targets gave his pledge and has decided to head out of state.
"I didn't really get that far with Virginia Tech, Coach Beamer and Coach Newsome, they just told me they were thinking about me," he said. "I didn't really let them get into details as I just thought, Temple is where it's at.
"Then, I met with Temple. I committed on Sunday, but the coach came down today and they were happy. The coach said, 'You talked to Virginia Tech, right,' then he was scared to ask and I told him that I'll be seeing him for four years. He was happy about that."
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So, what made Deloatch pick Temple?
"Temple is a big family," he said. "I got along with a bunch of players and the coaches care about the kids. They give everybody the opportunity and don't show more love, that's what I like about the school. They don't show favor to anybody. They give you the opportunity and if you show out to the best of your abilities, that is on you. They just give you a chance and you can't be mad at anybody, but yourself. Also, they told me they want me to be successful no matter where I'm at, they are going to do everything in their power to make me successful at the next level and get me to graduate with a degree, it's about more than just being a football player."
Deloatch liked the staff and particularly the new offense getting installed.
"The coach is from Florida and I like it a whole lot," he said. "They use their star players wisely and they had a star running back this past year, so they ran the ball more. The running back is going to the NFL Draft and now they have a spread running back and two tall wide receivers that are 6-foot-6, and 6-foot-5. Both of them are upperclassmen, so I'm the only freshman coming in.
"They plan to give me an opportunity right there and they want to throw the ball. They showed me that they want the receivers to touch it 20 times a game."
Overall, Deloatch is glad to have his decision in.
"I like Temple all around."