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Former Husky Verbal Rob Saulin Flips to Temple


After a 3-9 season which fell well short of expectations, there are going to be consequences, including hits on the recruiting trail. This offseason's first came when New Jersey defensive end Rob Saulin flipped his commitment from UConn to Temple.

"I love how Temple has turned the program around," Saulin told philly.com. "I thought about it a long time and it is something I couldn't pass up."

Saulin's Pennsville Eagles won the South Jersey Group 1 championship in his junior season. He visited UConn on Junior Day and committed shortly after visiting for the Blue-White spring game.

In his senior year, the Eagles posted an 8-3 record, falling in the semifinals of the playoffs. UConn was the first FBS program to offer Saulin, but Temple kept in contact and eventually offered him.

He was a visitor at Lincoln Field for Temple's 37-10 win over East Carolina to clinch the East Division for the Owls and made his decision shortly thereafter. Temple will be playing in the AAC Championship Game at Navy in Annapolis on Saturday, December 4.

Even though the program was at a low point when they took over, Bob Diaco and his staff had a solid sales pitch from 2014 up until the moment the 2016 season fell apart. They could sell opportunity and that UConn could get back to being the solid program it was before the departure of Randy Edsall in 2011. After the 2015 season, they were able to sell the growth of the program, going from two wins to a bowl game and a marquee upset over previously undefeated Houston.

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