Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst running back Tony Temple feels like it’s finally safe to get back in the water – well only with one toe. After a story that misquoted him in the Kansas City Star, Temple has been shying away from the media spotlight and ducking calls from recruiters and reporters.
But he finally picked up the phone for a few hours on Sunday night and talked about where he’s at in the recruiting process.
“I’ve lined up my first visit,” Temple, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound running back that is ranked as the nation’s No. 7 player at his position by Rivals.com, said. “I’m going to Kansas State on December 12. I talked with coach (Bill) Snyder about the visit, and then he sent me some paperwork that set it up officially.”
At this point, the KSU trip is the only visit he’s lined up. He said trips to Missouri are also likes Michigan, Notre Dame, USC and several other programs. But Temple is a little shy about talking about his favorites at this point.
That’s especially after the article in The Star talked about how he was ducking coaches from certain schools and revealed some private information about his thoughts on the recruiting process.
“The smart thing to do was to regroup and just not talk to the media,” Temple said. “There were a lot of things that were blown out of proportion, I was misquoted on some things and that was tough for everybody to handle. Some teams backed away from me a little bit because of the article, so I’m just taking things a little more slowly now.”
Temple, who had been fighting a bad shoulder earlier this season, is back and rushed for another 200-plus yards in a victory over Dallas private school power Dallas Jesuit this past Friday night.