Talented LB Likes His Auburn Visit

Jess Lanier High standout football player LaDarius Owens comments on his trip to Auburn's Junior Day.

Bessemer, Ala.--LaDarius Owens says after spending Saturday at Auburn's junior day that the new AU football coaching staff made it clear he is a priority recruit for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

"I was in the office with Coach Chizik and he said he was ready to make a good turnaround and get Auburn football back to the way it used to be with a tough defense," Owens tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"He said when he was here nobody scored a rushing touchdown until the ninth game of the season," Owens says. "He wanted to get it back there. He said I would have a chance to get immediate playing time if I come to Auburn and work hard. He said we will be in the first recruiting class since his staff has been here."

"Coach (Tommy) Thigpen talked about if they get me, C.J. (linebacker C.J. Moseley) and another kid in to Auburn they will be in Atlanta--guaranteed," the 6-2, 220-pound linebacker says.

Commenting on the junior day trip, Owens says, "It went well. I am used to being at Auburn, but they showed me things on the tour I had not seen before. They talked about academics a good deal and I was really impressed with that.

"They have a lot of resources to help students academically and they told us a lot of football players who have worked hard have graduated early," Owens notes. "It was a very good day."

Owens says he is doing well in school. "I just have one C that I have to get up," he says, noting that he is interested in studying physical therapy or engineering in college.

The linebacker says he is seriously interested in Auburn and comments on others at the top of his list.

"I am interested in Clemson because Coach Steele and Coach Harbison were the first two coaches to show me interest when they were at their old schools," he says. "Coach Harbison was at Mississippi State. Coach Steele was at Bama. The fact that they are together shows they are going to have a good system.

"I am considering Alabama because Coach (James) Willis, when he was at Auburn, we had developed a good relationship," Owens points out. "He was actually at my last game."

LaDarius Owens

Owens has a family connection to Auburn. "James Owens is my uncle," he notes of the former Auburn running back who was a standout performer for the Tigers from 1970-72.

"I have seen him in a couple of films playing and have heard stories about some of his accomplishments," Owens says.

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