Hometown receiver getting attention

With wide receivers a priority for next year's class, Alabama should have an edge in recruiting this hometown athlete.

Kevin Owens, 6-2 175-pounds out of Northport's Tuscaloosa County High School, is a steadily improving prospect at wideout who had a good junior season.

Owens totaled 21 catches for 752 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. That works out to an average of 35.8 yards per catch in 11 games--and nearly a touchdown every two receptions.

Following that season, Owens was selected second-team All West Alabama.

With a 4.40 best-clocking in the 40-yard dash, Owens is tall, fast, and shows very good hands.

Owens' father, Kerry Owens, played basketball at the University of Memphis. For his part, the son sports a 30-inch vertical jump.

Frankly, Owens would be a more coveted prospect in recruiting this year, except he played in the shadow of all-everything Titus Ryan in 2001. Plus, it is working out to be an excellent year for wideouts in Alabama.

Owens attended the Alabama Team Camp as a junior and showed good athleticism. He bench presses 205 pounds and squats 325. He carries a 2.7 GPA in his high school classes and is scheduled to take the ACT in June.

At this point in the recruiting process, he is favoring Alabama over Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, LSU and Auburn.

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