4-Star Linebacker Chooses Tigers

One of the state's top football prospects has made his college choice. A report with game video is featured.

Bessemer, Ala.--One of the state of Alabama's top prospects, LaDarius Owens from Jess Lanier High School, is the latest verbal commitment to Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn football team.

Owens told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Sunday that he plans to sign with the Tigers and that he has cancelled his other recruiting visits.

"I am relieved that I made the decision and that is behind me now, but it is a decision I feel great about," he says. "I feel real close to the Auburn coaches. I feel like I am going home. I am committed to Auburn and I am through with recruiting."

The linebacker is one of the more heavily recruited prospects in the state of Alabama this year. The 6-3, 230-pounder chose Auburn over Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Clemson and others from coast to coast.

Owens was a visitor to Auburn's Big Cat recruiting weekend and notes that he really enjoyed the event. "It was great getting to meet a lot of different people at Auburn and really get to know them," he says.

Other Big Cat Weekend visitors who have committed to the Tigers include fellow linebacker recruits Jessel Curry, Jawara White and Jake Holland. Those four linebackers all participated in an Auburn camp together.

"We played great together at that camp," Owens says. "In the seven-on-seven when we were on the field together, I don't think anybody completed a pass on us. Those are all great guys and I am looking forward to playing with them."

Linebacker is a position of need for the Tigers in the upcoming signing class. "That is definitely something I took into consideration," Owens points out.

The nephew of former Auburn running back James Owens notes that he really likes Chizik's staff and has built a comfort level with the group. He adds he likes their energy and enthusiasm. "The Auburn coaches are into it," he says. "The coaches want to get to know you as a person, not just a player, and that means a lot to me.

"I was looking for a coaching staff that I feel like I can get along with," he adds. "I want to feel like I am home. I want to go to a place where I feel like I can make a difference."

Rated a four star prospect by Scout.com, he made 92 tackles with 19 sacksd and three tackles for lost yardage as a junior.

"I am glad I can concentrate on my senior season," says Owens, who notes that he had nine tackles and four assists last week splitting time between linebacker and defensive end.

He is Auburn's 16th verbal commitment for the 2010 signee class.

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