Talented LB To Camp At Auburn

6-4, 225-pound linebacker prospect LaDarius Owens of Jess Lanier High in Birmingham talks about his upcoming visit to Auburn as well as recruiting.

Bessemer, Ala.—LaDarius Owens, a frequent visitor to the Auburn campus this summer, will be one of several big names expected to participate in the Auburn senior one-day camp on July 18.

"I'll be there Friday and I'm working out Saturday," Owens says. "I'm going to compete."

Owens has visited numerous other campuses but has yet to participate in a college camp.

"They've been asking me at different camps for a while, and I'm going to go ahead and work out with Coach (Ted) Roof," Owens says of Auburn's defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. "I'm in the competitive mood and ready for the season to start so I'm going to get out there and do some drills."

While the weekend should be a good one with several top prospects on hand among the campers, Owens says he's not sure what to expect out of the weekend other than getting to spend some time with several friends and checking out the Tigers.

"I have no idea," Owens says. "I don't know anything about it. I talked to Jake Holland and he told me he was going down there. I'm bringing one of my teammates and I know Jake is coming, but that's all I know as of right now.

"We're real cool," he adds of Holland. "We went to the seven-on-seven over there. Us and the Pelham guys have great friendships from being around them a lot lately."

In addition to Holland, an Auburn linebacker commitment, Owens says he keeps in touch with several other highly recruited prospects.

"I talk to Lache (Seastrunk) and I talk to Jarrick Williams sometimes. Jawara White also. I keep in touch with those guys. We're cool and we know how the recruiting thing goes. We just keep in touch."

Seastrunk is uncommitted, Williams has given his verbal to Alabama and White is another Auburn commitment.

Early in the summer, Owens named Auburn his leader with Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State and LSU as other schools close to the top. In addition, two other schools are on Owens' radar.

"It's still about the same," he comments. "I'm going to go check out Mississippi State again next weekend to see how that is. Then I'm going up to Clemson. My mom went to Clemson on Wednesday, so we'll see how that goes.

"Clemson is always in the picture for the fact that Coach (Charlie) Harbison and Coach (Kevin) Steele were the first coaches to start recruiting me," Owens adds. "I've got a real good relationship with them and I've got a good vibe with them. I'm going to keep them in it and keep my options open."

Owens visited Alabama in the spring for its A-Day game and didn't give his visit high remarks. However, Owens is maintaining an open mind with the Crimson Tide and keeping them in his list of favorites.

"I don't know if I wasn't feeling well that day or if the atmosphere just wasn't what I expected it to be, but I'll see how it is during a real game," he says. "We'll see how it goes when the season starts. I'll check them out for a game."

With recruits committing sooner and sooner every year, the micromanaging of scholarship numbers has already begun for some schools. Asked if Owens is starting to feel the pressure to go ahead and commit, he responds, "I haven't really gotten any pressure from anyone. I haven't been hearing too much from LSU lately but from everyone else it's the same."

LSU has 16 commitments for the class of 2010, including two linebackers.

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