When Temple became the first school to offer Austin Grammer late last week, the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) American Christian Academy quarterback breathed a huge sigh of relief.
"When my coach told me in first period, I was excited," Grammer said. "I called my mom, dad, grandfather - and let them know. It was definitely a good day."
Temple broke the ice, but the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Grammer, who has attended junior days at Alabama and Southern Miss, is optimistic the Owls won't be the last to offer. He's also hearing from a host of other programs.
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"Of all the other schools right now, probably BYU, Southern Miss and Clemson [are recruiting him the hardest]," Grammer said. "Southern Miss wants to see me come throw in early June before they offer. They want to see me live. My coach said he felt like, after talking to them, they're close to an offer heading into that camp."
Regarding the Owls, Grammer likes what he has learned about the Owls' first-year head coach Steve Addazio and offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, both of whom were previously assistants at Florida under Urban Meyer.
"I researched [Loeffler]," Grammer said. "I knew he came from Florida. When I saw that, that made me feel good that a guy of that stature offered me and is recruiting me. It made me want to work that much harder."
Grammer also has researched Temple, the school.
"It's in a great city," Grammer said. "I like all they have to offer. They play on the Eagles' field, and I thought that was pretty cool"