Originally from Oviedo, Fla., 6-4, 285 defensive lineman Tyree Owens started his career at West Virginia but is now at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College looking for a fresh start. Already with offers from Houston, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, UCF and others before making a visit to see the Auburn Tigers for a Saturday camp, Owens got more good news after his impressive workout.
“They offered today,” Owens said. “That’s great to me because it’s another school that believes in me and believes in what I can do and believes I can come in right away and play.
“It feels special,” he added. “They saw all the hard work. I have been to camps before and busted my butt and didn’t get offered. I went there and knew I was going to bust my butt. It paid off in the end and it’s a great feeling.”
Getting the opportunity to get instruction from Rodney Garner and a group of experienced defensive line coaches, Owens said he enjoyed getting the instruction because it came from someone he trusts and believes in.
“It was a great experience just being able to come down,” Owens said. “I have heard great things about Auburn. To come down and work with a great coach (Rodney Garner), he’s been some different places so I know he knows everything he does. To have him teach me, I know I’ve got some things to work on, but it was a good experience overall.”
Transferring to Co-Lin in October last fall from West Virginia, Owens got to know Paul James while they were there together for a few months and he said having him at Auburn definitely helps the Tigers.
“That definitely helps out a lot,” Owens said. “If I don’t know where something is I don’t have to try to find out. I can ask Paul and he can help me out. It makes you more comfortable around the place.”
Planning to make a decision sometime during his season and enroll in January, Owens said at the moment he doesn’t have a top list of schools but Auburn is definitely one he’s going to consider.
“Auburn is definitely going to be a top school for me,” Owens said. “It’s the SEC and I feel like the SEC is going to be a top conference. If I want to go to the NFL then it’s definitely a school I’ll be considering.”