Owens Enjoys AU Camp

One of the top linebackers in the South talks about his camp experience at Auburn.

Bessemer, Ala.--Visits to Auburn have become old hat for Jess Lanier standout LaDarius Owens, but Saturday's trip was a little different as he took part in a one day Senior Camp at Auburn with dozens of top prospects from around the South. Already familiar with the campus and facilities, Owens says it was a chance for him to see how things felt on the field.

Part of that meant lining up with a competing against a very talented linebacker group featuring Auburn commitments Jake Holland, Jawara White and Jessel Curry and also players such as C.J. Mosley from Theodore and Jamichael Taylor from Wetumpka. Owens says that was really the highlight of the day for him.

"It went real well," Owens tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm pretty cool with a lot of the coaches and recruits now. We all get along well. It's fun to get out there. Me, Rah Rah, Jake and Jessel had a real good time. All of us on the field at the same time was something real special. It went good."

Friends with Holland already and building relationships with White, Curry and others throughout the recruiting process, Owens says he got an earful from the guys throughout the day.

"There is no pressure from them," Owens says. "They just always say for me to come on down and join the team. We just have a good time. Things just went real good."

Already with offers and really no need to prove anything on Saturday, Owens went out and competed in the one-on-one drills during the afternoon session along with all the top linebackers. He says it was just a chance for him to continue to prove himself and he enjoyed it.

"It's real fun to get out there and get after it and give it your all," Owens says. "You want to see how the rest of the people in the country are. Some of the top prospects in the country were there and you want to see how you compete against them and move around. You can compare yourself to them."

Making the move from defensive end to linebacker for his senior year, Owens says he's been doing drills in the afternoon to prepare him for the move. He notes coming to the camp on Saturday also helped him with the transition because he got to work with Coach Ted Roof on several things.

"It helps to come out and see the coaches," Owens says. "This was my first time actually being coached by some of them so that was real good. Coach Roof was real good. He's a good coach. He showed me a lot of things I can use at the linebacker position since I'm new to it. He gave me a few tips I can use during the season."

Saturday was the kickoff to a busy week for Owens as he plans to camp at Alabama early in the week, make a trip to Clemson for a camp on Wednesday, and then finish things off at Mississippi State over the weekend.

With some visits left to take after a busy spring and summer, Owens says he's not sure when he plans to make a decision but currently several schools are still in the mix with Auburn among his current top five.

"I'm going to talk with my mom and my uncle (former Auburn player James Owens) after I get back from all these trips and see where my head is," Owens notes. "Auburn is still up there. It's also LSU, Tennessee, Florida State and Alabama."

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