Owens to Take More Visits

Ladarius Owens discusses the recruiting process and gives an update on summer visits.

Birmingham, Ala.—Defender LaDarius Owens of Jess Lanier High School has family ties to Auburn, has visited Auburn several times during the recruiting process and has had great things to say about his visits to the Plains. However, Owens says that he needs to visit several more schools before narrowing his list of a dozen-plus scholarship offers.

"I'm going to LSU, Tennessee and Florida State for sure," Owens explains. "I might check out some other schools if it comes up, but I know that I'm going to those three.

"I'm looking for education first," he adds. "I'm thinking about sports medicine or physical therapy. Then it's how I'm going in, how I'm going to be used and where I can have the biggest impact on a team."

As of now, Owens says he doesn't have any favorites.

"Not right now," he notes, "but we'll have to see during the summer. Maybe by early June. When I get back from those trips I'm going to sit down and see if I can narrow it down."

LaDarius Owens

Of Auburn, Owens adds, "I like the atmosphere. It's a family atmosphere. I've been around that my whole life so that's what I like about Auburn. And then I like the new coaching staff. They seem like they're real close to each other already and it's only going to get stronger."

Owens, who plays defensive end at Jess Lanier but is likely a linebacker in college, has offers from nearly every school in the Southeastern Conference and a few more in the southeast.

"They like that I'm raw," he says. "Last year was really my first year playing football. I was just getting out there. I didn't play my freshman or sophomore year really. My freshman year I was on the B-team so they see a lot of potential.

"I'll be more of a will (weakside) linebacker, but some coaches are saying I can play any of the three linebacker positions," Owens continues. "I'm willing to give it my all to see where I'd fit best."

Having played just one varsity season Owens says he felt like he got better during the spring. He has the speed off the edge to be a game-changer with that alone, but is working on being more of a student of the game.

"I'm improving mostly on my technique from last year," he explains. "I was raw. It was new to me and I was just going off my speed. Now I'm going off my mind and using what I know to my advantage. I watch my opponent to see what he usually does and then go from there.

"I played some of both last year, end and linebacker. I was originally a linebacker, but I had to move to D-end because we didn't have any depth."


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