Wesson, Miss.--A former West Virginia Mountaineer, 6-4, 285 defensive lineman Tyree Owens is now suiting up for Copiah-Lincoln Community College as he looks for another home on the D1 level next year.
Already with a visit in the books to Kentucky, Owens will be on the Plains this weekend for an official visit as the Auburn Tigers take on LSU in a huge conference game for both teams.
Making a trip to Auburn over the summer, Owens said he’s excited to get back and see the campus on a football weekend. Already familiar with what life in big-time college football is all about, he said seeing the atmosphere in and around the stadium on Saturday is going to be a big deal for him.
“That’s definitely a huge thing,” Owens said. “The Big 12, they have great fans, but the SEC is on a whole other level I feel like. It’s going to be an amazing atmosphere I believe for a game day, especially playing a good team like LSU.”
Being on campus for an extended visit is always important for prospects because it allows them more time to spend with the coaches, their families, and potential future teammates. That’s something the Oviedo, Fla. native said is big for him about this weekend’s trip as well.
“I’m most looking forward to getting to know the coaches more and the whole program,” Owens tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “I have only been there once for a camp and got to run through some drills with Coach G (Rodney Garner), but I didn’t really get to have more one-on-one time with Coach like I wanted to. Being able to make a connection with the coaches is a big thing for me.”
Depth on the defensive line has been a strength for Auburn this season with Garner playing up to 11 players in a game to keep guys fresh for the fourth quarter. While that’s something that is a big plus for the team defense, Owens said for a player coming out of junior college that is both a positive and a negative.
“I feel like that is a very good thing, but also sometimes can be a bad thing,” Owens said. “I’m coming from juco so I only have two years left, so I need to get all the playing time I can get. With a good coach, if someone is playing great they’re probably going to keep them out there.
“I don’t want a situation where if I don’t make a play that I’m going to be out a couple of series,” he adds. “Instead of getting a chance to play in a game I’m only getting 15 or 20 plays.”
Planning to visit Texas A&M on Oct. 7, Owens said at the moment he doesn’t have any additional official visits set at the moment. Hoping to make his decision soon after the visit to College Stadium, Owens will be on campus at his school in late December and start classes in January.