Wyatt Benson felt no urgency to make a college decision before his senior year at Haverford School.

But, hey, he was looking at Temple for close to a year, and in time the Owls had eyes for him and since everything seemed so right, what sense did it make to wait, right?

Benson, a 6-foot, 215-pound inside linebacker, has made an oral commitment to coach Al Golden and the Owls.

Everything fell into place after Golden's recent camp.

"They'd been showing interest since my coach, Michael Murphy, sent them tapes from last season," Benson said. "At the camp, they were very nice. We really connected.

"I was having good conversations with coach Golden [and assorted assistants] and they showed concern for me when I got a little dehydrated and had to sit down for a few minutes. Had a nice lunch and tour of the campus, too.

"Coach Murphy was with me at the camp. A couple days later he told me, 'Temple wants to offer you a scholarship. How do you feel about that?' I told him, 'I'd love to go there.' Then it all happened."

Benson, a strong student who plans to major in history or English and perhaps minor in psychology, lives in Wynnefield, not far from Overbrook High.

"I'm a city boy," he said, laughing. "Temple's not necessarily down the street, but it's not far and it's great that my family and friends will be able to see me play. I love the academics, too."

Benson was receiving interest from Pitt and Akron and had received an invite to a camp at Notre Dame.

"Temple's what I want," he said. "I was looking at them since the end of last season, hoping something could work out. I'm so happy they offered me. I thank God for that." *