Owens and Teammates Visit Auburn

Linebacker prospect LaDarius Owens talks about another weekend spent in Auburn.

Birmingham, Ala.—Linebacker prospect LaDarius Owens of Jess Lanier High School in Birmingham took another unofficial visit to Auburn over the weekend. Auburn was having a two-day senior camp, but Owens wasn't there to participate.

"I was really just visiting," Owens says. "My uncle and I just brought down a couple of teammates. I was mostly spending time with my uncle. I went by and watched the camp for a little bit."

Owens' uncle, James Owens, was a running back for the Tigers.

"When I did go by the office I talked to some of the coaches and hung out with some of the players," Owens adds of his visit. "They were hanging around. Mike Slade, Zac Etheridge, Q (Quindarius) Carr. I saw Antonio Coleman and some of those guys as well. I just pop up there and have something to do.

"It's real comforting and it feels nice to be able to do that," continues. "I can get go there any time. Coaches' kids will be hanging around and I can hang out with some of their kids. Their kids know me. It's just a family atmosphere. I have fun.

"The next time I go I need to talk to Coach Yox (strength and conditioning coach Kevin Yoxall). I want to go in the weight room and talk with him about a lot of things one on one."

Owens says that Auburn is his leader, but he is looking into several other schools. He has visited Alabama, LSU and Tennessee so far this spring and is planning an unofficial to Florida State and Clemson in July.

"It's a real hard decision because every program has something to offer and you want to go to the place that is the best fit for you and your family," he says. "It's a real hard decision, but I'm going to have time to think it out. Hopefully, you get to a place and if it's the right fit for you, you'll know."

LaDarius Owens is shown in his spring game in May.

Owens says he'll probably wait to commit until after the season, but wouldn't close the door on making an announcement before then.

"I talked to my uncle for a while before I left Auburn, and I think I'm going just going to make my decision at the end of the season," he explains. "But if I get to the point to where I'm just ready to put it out there and get it over with I'll let you know."

Of Owens' visit to Knoxville he says, "The coaches are real cool and real experienced. It seems like they're close-knit."

LSU's new defensive coordinator is John Chavis, who spent the previous 14 season at Tennessee. "It was a real interesting visit," Owens says of his trip to Baton Rouge. "It was real exciting. I got to get down there and meet a lot of people–players, coaches, and I talked to Coach Chavis for a real, real long time. I had a good conversation about how he would use me, making decisions not just with football but with school and being responsible and different things of that nature."

Owens played defensive end last season and during the spring, but he get to play more linebacker during his senior season.

"I'm 6-3, 227," he says. "I'm going to try to be at 230, if not a little bit more than that. I'm supposed to be standing up a lot more. We got a big defensive end that we just got this season. We're supposed to get another one coming back that transferred away. I'm going to be standing up probably a little bit more than I was last year."

One of the big defensive ends on the Jess Lanier squad is Emmanuel Omere, an upcoming senior who participated in the Auburn camp this weekend. At 6-4, 225, he's starting to get more interest from colleges.

"He ran a 4.6 down at the Southern Miss camp and he did well in the one-on-ones," Owens says of Omere, "so he's been getting a lot of attention since then."


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