Owens Blown Away By Iron Bowl Visit

Auburn commitment LaDarius Owens talks about his visit to the Plains for the Iron Bowl against Alabama.

Birmingham, Ala.--Commitment LaDarius Owens is very familiar with Auburn after making dozens of visits over the years to visit family, the campus, and attend games. Even with all that knowledge he said he still wasn't prepared for the experience of taking in the Iron Bowl while on his official visit to the Plains.

"It was my first time and it was crazy," Owens said. "I wanted to suit up so bad. I can't wait until next year. It was live. I've never felt anything like that in my life."

Deciding to take his official visit now because of conflicts with all-star game practices and other trips, Owens said he's glad that he did now because of the experience he had over the weekend.

"My visit was great," Owens said. "The game really just made it even better. I got to see almost all of the commits and a couple of other guys we're going after. I feel really good about the weekend. The team played great. I think that impressed a lot of guys."

In town along with several other players already committed to the Tigers, Owens said that the chance to continue building that bond with them is huge because they know they'll have a chance to be a big part of things in 2010.

"It's on next year," Owens said. "We're ready. I'm real confident about everyone coming through and pulling through and signing. I think everyone is going to come through the clear with the ACT and test scores. I'm real confident."

In addition to the current commitments, Auburn also had a solid group of uncommitted players in from across the South. Owens said he spent some time with defensive lineman Jeffrey Whitaker and running back Corey Grant while they were in town. He noted that while Grant is currently committed to Alabama he's continuing to talk to him about Auburn.

Helping Owens' selling job to other recruits is the way that Auburn has played this season. Limited by depth at most positions on defense, the Tigers have found a way to play tough throughout the year. That was capped off by a solid performance in a loss to Alabama on Friday, a game that Owens said showed him what this staff is capable of.

"It just shows the players have so much respect for the staff to go out there and put it on the line like that," Owens said. "That shows a lot. It shows me we have to come in prepared mentally and ready to play. We're going to have to contribute as soon as we get here so we have to be ready for it."

There has been talk that Owens has been looking around and while he said he plans to visit Kentucky on Dec. 4 and possibly LSU, Owens had one simple message when asked if Auburn fans had anything to worry about with him.

"No sir," Owens said. "I'm solid. I'm done. I'm there. I'm ready. I've already got my number and everything. I'll be wearing number 10. Tray Blackmon was one of my favorite players. I had 10 in middle school, but I wasn't able to get it when I transferred to Jess Lanier. I want it back."

Owens will play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic on Dec. 12 in Mobile.


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