Owens Makes Another Visit to Auburn

LaDarius Owens of Jess Lanier High School in Birmingham talks about his unofficial visit to Auburn over the weekend.

Birmingham, Ala.—Jess Lanier's LaDarius Owens has been a frequent visitor to Auburn this spring, and over the weekend the linebacker prospect took another visit to Auburn, his third since the arrival of Gene Chizik and the new staff on the Plains.

"It went real well," Owens says of the weekend at Auburn. "They did a presentation of the engineering department because that's something I'm thinking about majoring in. We went through that and then we went to dinner. Then I met a couple of the players. I just had a real good time.

"I just went to dinner with my mom and my coach," Owens adds. "I met some of the players back at the complex. Mike Slade, Mario Fannin and I met Kodi Burns. I talked to him for a while and Craig Stevens for a minute. We didn't too much talk about football."

At 6-2, 220 pounds and great speed for a prospect his size, Owens could play a number of positions at the collegiate level. Auburn is recruiting Owens at outside linebacker.

"I talked to Coach Chizik and I hung out with Coach (Tommy) Thigpen for a while," Owens says. "Coach Thigpen is real down to earth, honest and straightforward. He puts everything down on the table and I like that about him. He used to coach linebacker at North Carolina so he has a lot of knowledge and wisdom that he shares with me."

The Auburn coaches also showed Owens some of the recent construction projects and potential projects the next few years. "I got to see the new locker rooms and they're fixing to make an inside facility with a practice field," he says. "They're remodeling a lot of things."

With recent offers from Kentucky, Southern Miss and Georgia Tech, Owens says he's up to 12 or 13 offers so far.

"I'm having fun with it," Owens says of the recruiting process, "and I'm not going to stress out about it, because I have a whole year (to decide). We're starting our spring ball tomorrow (Monday) so I'm just going to focus on my season."

Owens has also visited to the Alabama campus several times this spring. "I like their coaching staff a lot and they seem real cool and real knowledgeable about what they're doing," he says of Alabama.

Owens also plans on taking several more visits throughout the summer. "I'm going to go see LSU, South Carolina, Clemson, probably Florida State, I might go to Kentucky and I've got to go to Tennessee," he states. "I'm just seeing where I can go and fit in, help the team out the most, make a good impact and where I'll be happy at for the next four or five years."

Asked where Auburn stands on his leader board, Owens responds, "I'm still evaluating. I like the direction they're moving in and they're getting a lot of good commitments. They're doing real well right now."


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