Busy Defensive Line Prospect Considering Tigers

One of the more heavily recruited defensive linemen in the Southeast discusses his interest in Auburn and other colleges.

Plantation, Fla.--Following impressive junior and senior seasons, defensive tackle prospect Jeffery Owens has turned into one of the hotter football prospects in the state of Florida.

The 6-2, 275-pounder from Plantation High tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that he has been talking to Auburn assistant coach Eddie Gran about the possibility of taking a trip to Auburn to check out the undefeated Tigers on Dec. 17th. He is also looking at the possibility of checking out another undefeated team that same weekend, the Oklahoma Sooners.

"I am still thinking about taking a visit to Auburn," Owens says. "I am pretty interested in Auburn. They have a pretty good program.

This weekend, Owens says he will be in Blacksburg, Va., to check out the Virginia Tech Hokies, Auburn's opponent in the Sugar Bowl. However, it is an SEC team that is his current leader.

"I would say the University of Georgia is my favorite," Owens notes. "I like their facilities, their overall program, their tradition."

Owens relies on his strength and quickness to be successful. He bench presses 435 pounds. "I think I get up field pretty well and I react well to the ball pretty good," the three-year starter says. "I am working on getting better with my hand technique and on my strength."

In addition to football, a sport in which he produced 17 quarterback sacks as a senior, Owens is outstanding in the shot. He finished third at the state meet last year and his best toss is 54 feet.

Owens, who wants to major in business, says he is also considering FSU and Miami, two schools he plans to visit in January.

"With Auburn I am just deciding on whether or not he wants to take a visit," he says.

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