Henrico LB Finch commits to Temple

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In this March 20, 2009, file photo, the Temple Owl mascot dances on the court during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Miami. (Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Sharif Finch, a senior linebacker at Henrico High School in Richmond, Va., gave a verbal commitment Friday to play at Temple.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder will sign a binding national letter of intent on Wednesday.

He chose the Owls over scholarship offers from Western Michigan, East Carolina, James Madison, Old Dominion, Richmond, Hampton, Norfolk State, Elon and William & Mary. Finch also received some interest from Penn State and Miami.

The Queens, NY native told TimesDispatch.com that he likes Temple’s urban campus.

“I’m used to the city,” he told the website. “I like the city.”

Finch had five sacks and 84 tackles this past season. He recorded 161 stops and 10.5 sacks as a junior.

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