Temple Football Recruiting: Linebacker Sharif Finch Pops for the Owls

John LambContributor IFebruary 1, 2013

Another day, another verbal commitment for Matt Rhule and his staff. This time it’s Richmond linebacker Sharif Finch who will be taking his talents to North Broad Street.

The 6’4″, 210 pound prospect out of Henrico High School is listed as a 2-star recruit by Rivals.com. His final three schools were Temple, Penn State and FCS Old Dominion. Finch received scholarship offers from Western Michigan, East Carolina, James Madison, Richmond, Hampton, Norfolk State, Elon and William & Mary, as well as some interest from Miami.

According to ESPN Insider Josh Moyer, Finch was informed by the PSU coaching staff that they would not be extending him a scholarship offer, and that was enough to send him to North Broad Street.

“Temple loved his film, and they really put the hard push on him because they wanted him,” Henrico coach Roger Brookes said. “And Sharif really liked what they had to offer with their facilities and everything.”

“He just loved that visit, and he loved the city,” Brookes said. “He’s originally from New York, and he really did love hearing what they were going to do academically.”

The Owls are up to 23 commitments for 2013, six of whom have already enrolled at the University in time to participate in Spring practices. National Signing Day is February 6.