Owens commits to Tennessee
After going through the recruiting process a second time, Tariq Owens, who is arguably the top available prospect in the 2014 class, has settled on his future college. Owens told Scout.com that he committed to Tennessee. His father -- Renard Owens -- informed Scout.com of the news. "When it came to where Tariq would continue to develop what they had in place with strength and conditioning and where can he get better the University of Tennessee presented the best situation for him to get that," Owens told Scout.com. "When it was all said and done Tennessee was the place where he can continue to develop and he can get it done," he added. "The resources that they have on and off the court treat him well." Owens took a visit to Tennessee last Friday. His father said that trip helped seal the deal. "Once we got to Tennessee and saw everything that was there, it's hard to not buy into what they are doing," Owens said. "The coaching staff is very energetic and academically the things that they have in place are impressive." "One of the things that stuck out to me about Tennessee was the time management factors," he added. "They break down what their student athletes are doing down to the hour -- what they do in class room, what they do athletically and what they do by themselves." Owens also spoke highly of Tariq's future head coach. "Coach Tyndall is a good guy," Owens said. "He's a real, straight forward, no nonsense kind of guy. As hard as he coaches, he has a loving side to him too. As hard as he may get on you, he's right there to pat you on the back and give you a hug and pick you up." "He's a personable guy that they can talk to," he continued. "He's going to give it to them straight and with no filter." Owens also took recent visits to Temple and UT-Martin and received interest from Dayton, Seton Hall and a host of other schools during the process. The 6-foot-9 forward originally committed and signed with Ohio. But when Jim Christian left for Boston College, Owens opted out of his Letter of Intent. Owens is the sixth pledge in Tennessee's 2014 class. Tennessee also holds commitments from Willie Carmichael, Devon Baulkman, Detrick Mostella, Kevin Punter and Jabari McGhee.
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