Williamstown outside linebacker Buddy Brown gave a verbal commitment Monday to play football at Temple.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound rising senior chose the Owls over scholarship offers from Rutgers, Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia, South Florida, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and North Carolina among others.
Brown finished with 87 tackles, six sacks and four forced fumbles last season. The 17-year-old becomes Temple's eighth commitment for the Class of 2013.
Up until two weeks ago, Brown was expected to accept a scholarship from Rutgers.
“You don’t have to go to Rutgers, you can go right here,” Sean Brown said. of his son picking Temple. “We are not North Jersey people. We are basically a step over from Philly.
“We love the Eagles. We love Temple basketball. We like all that. So why not stay here and have a chance to make a change.”