The Temple University football team recruited David Hood of Absegami High School with just one look.

Hood attended Temple's football camp for high school players last weekend.

"The way coach Foreman (Temple running back coach Tyree Foreman) just smiled and looked at me, he made me feel like (Temple) is where I'm supposed to be," Hood said.

Hood verbally committed to Temple on Sunday.

"I wanted to be close to home," the 16-year-old Galloway Township resident said, "and it's a great school. It feels like I accomplished something, but I have to keep striving."

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Hood emerged as one of the region's top running backs last fall.

He rushed for 976 yards and scored 13 touchdowns, including a kickoff return for a score. Hood runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds.

"We're excited," Absegami coach Dennis Scuderi Jr. said. "Any time you have a kid in your program who is getting a Division I scholarship, that's good for the community and (all) the kids in your program."

Hood said other schools tried to recruit him but he was really only interested in Temple.

Hood said in addition to the coaching staff, he was also impressed with the school's facilities. Hood first visited Temple in April during the Owls' spring practice.

"I feel like I'm welcomed there," he said.

Temple finished 4-7 last season. The Owls hired Matt Rhule as their new coach in December.

Temple cannot comment on Hood until he signs a national letter of intent on the first Wednesday of February 2014. The Owls played in the Big East in 2012 and will become part of the new American Athletic Conference this upcoming season.

With his college decision made, Hood is ready for his senior season at Absegami.

The Braves finished 6-4 and lost in the first round of the South Jersey Group V playoffs to Atlantic City last fall.

"I feel real relieved," Hood said. "Now I can just play football and keep my grades up. I don't have to worry about college because it's already handled."

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