Matt Tepedino knew after he visited Temple University in July that he wanted to attend the Philadelphia school.
The Mainland Regional High School baseball standout pitcher then waited a month to make sure.
He verbally committed to attend Temple on a nearly full athletic scholarship.
"I fell in love with the school when I visited," he said. "I just waited to hear what other schools' offers were, but I was ready to go to Temple a month ago."
Tepedino, who will be a senior this fall, emerged as one of the Cape-Atlantic League's top pitchers this spring. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Linwood resident features a fastball that tops out at 91 mph.
"This is a dream come true," Tepedino said. "It seems like my dreams are coming true slowly but surely. I just felt like the school was a perfect fit for me."
Tepedino also considered Elon, East Carolina, South Florida and Wake Forest.
"Once I made the decision, it was a huge relief," Tepedino said. "Recruiting is an amazing process. You can't talk enough about it."
Tepedino said he liked Temple's location.
"I like the city environment," he said. "I don't what it is. It's just a good fit. There's a good energy. It's always moving. I like that."
Temple, which finished 18-28 last season, will play in the American Athletic Conference, which consists of several former Big East schools. Tepedino said he liked that Temple also is building new dorms for athletes.
Tepedino, who was a Press All-Star honorable mention selection in the spring, has had a busy summer, pitching in several showcase events. He pitched in a Perfect Game tournament in West Windsor (Mercer County) last weekend, allowing no hits and no runs and striking out 10 in five innings against a team from Sparta, N.Y.
Mainland Regional coach Billy Kern said Tepedino's work ethic separates him from other high school pitchers ands made him an NCAA Division I player.
"He throws a low-90s fastball and has a nice slider to go along with that," Kern said. "He's developing a changeup. That will be the pitch that he takes with him to college and hopefully separates him even more (his senior season)."
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