Wesson, Miss.--A talented junior college defensive lineman that had already made one visit to the Auburn Tigers, 6-4, 285 Tyree Owens from Co-Lin Community College was back on the Plains over the weekend. Watching as Coach Gus Malzahn’s team won a wild one over LSU, Owens said the trip was all he could have asked for and more.
“It was amazing,” Owens said. “It was crazy at the end. It was really crazy. People thought we’d lost and then all of the sudden we won. The locker room was crazy.”
Already familiar with the campus and facilities, Owens said before the visit that one of the things he wanted to see was what Auburn looked like for a big game. After seeing that in person and sitting down with Malzahn and Rodney Garner, he said the Tigers are very high on his list.
“It’s an amazing place,” Owens said. “I could definitely see myself playing there. Coach (Rodney) Garner and Coach (Gus) Malzahn said they want me and they need me. They think I could be a great player there.”
Outlasting a physical LSU offense, Auburn’s defensive line got big games from veterans Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson in the victory while reserves like Andrew Williams and Derrick Brown got plenty of work as well. That rotation is something that has been a huge boost for the Tigers this season and Owens said you could see that on Saturday.
“It wasn’t just the starting group,” Owens said. “They’d send in another group once they got tired. That definitely helped out a lot.”
Having already visited Kentucky and planning to trip to Texas A&M in the coming weeks, Owens said he’s still in the process of making his decision and won’t have a final choice until his visits are done.
“I’m still going through the process. I'm not going to make my decision until after my visits."