Kenny Randall watched a Mainland Regional High School football teammate commit to Temple University last fall.

This week, Randall did the same thing.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive and defensive lineman, who will be a senior in the fall, said Friday that he verbally committed to Temple. Randall is one of the top linemen in the Cape-Atlantic League and was effective at stopping the run last season.

"I've dreamed of this my whole life," the Linwood resident said in a telephone interview. "I've played football my whole life. Step-by-step, I wanted to make it somewhere. I didn't know that it would be at a Division I college. It has a big impact on me."

Randall said he likes how Temple has mentors to help players keep up with academic work.

"The football team is like a family," he said. "I liked that."

Randall follows recent Mainland graduate Jim Cooper, who signed a national letter of intent in February to play for the Owls. Cooper was one of the state's best kickers last season. Randall said he became interested in Temple after speaking with Cooper.

Randall said he attended Temple's spring game in April and went to a camp earlier this month at the Philadelphia school.

Temple cannot comment on Randall until he signs his national letter of intent on the first Wednesday of February 2014. Temple finished 4-7 last season. The Owls hired Matt Rhule as their new coach in December. They will play in the new American Athletic Conference, which contains several schools from the old Big East.

Mainland Regional football coach Bob Coffey could not be reached for comment.

Randall is the second local junior football player to verbally commit to Temple this month. Absegami running back David Hood has also committed to the Owls.

Randall said now that he has committed to Temple he's not considering any other colleges.

"Temple is my No. 1 school," he said. "I've wanted to go there for awhile."

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Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.