Owens to be a Cougar

Upon the heels of the first Junior Day and amidst all the disappointment of BYU losing out on the services of Manti Te'o Cougar coaches secured a commitment for a top in-state linebacker prospect for the 2010 class. Joey Owens from Pleasant Grove High School was offered a scholarship to BYU and quickly snapped it up. TBS caught up with Owens to learn of his commit.

"BYU is my first choice, always has been," said Joey Owens upon confirming news of his commitment. "It didn't make sense for me not to commit right there when it was offered because BYU is the only place I want to go and play football."

Joey Owens is a 6-foot-3-inch, 215-pound athlete from Pleasant Grove who could play a number of positions while at BYU, but will most likely be logging his time at linebacker, and more specifically, outside linebacker for the Cougars.

"I talk a lot to Coach Lamb and I'll probably play linebacker, but I'll play wherever they want me," said Owens. "Whatever they think is best I'm fine with."

Like with most recruits in their junior year of high school, not much is known about Owens. BYU is his first and only offer thus far in the very early stage of the recruiting process, but evidently Cougar coaches saw enough of Owens to deem him worthy of an early offer.

"I've been going to camps there for a while and I've been talking to the coaches a lot," said Owens. "I've been talking mostly with Coach Doman, who is the guy in charge of recruiting me, but I know almost all of them. Thankfully they thought enough of me to offer me a scholarship."

According to his head coach Dale Sampson, Owens has what it takes to play Division I football at a school such as BYU.

"He's very good going sideline to sideline," said Sampson. "He can cover the field about as well as any player I've coached. He's the type of player who dominates a game in the way you'd expect a Division I athlete to dominate a game. I'm very excited for him to have the opportunity to play at BYU."

Owens set out to BYU's Junior Day with no expectations, and was just hoping to learn of BYU and meet with coaches and current players. But it was shortly after getting there that Owens was summoned to head coach Bronco Mendenhall's office to sit down with him and talk in earnest.

"I've met with Coach Mendenhall before, but this was different," said Owens. "I was with my parents and he let me know that they wanted me to play there. I was excited for sure since BYU is the only place I've ever really wanted to play."

Owens immediately jumped on the offer without any hesitation.

"I didn't think about it at all," said Owens about his BYU offer. "BYU is where I want to play. It's always been where I wanted to play, so I didn't have to think about it at all."

Owens is LDS and has mission plans. Although he hasn't given specific thought in regards to exactly when he'll serve his mission, he'll most likely play a full year before leaving.

Considering that Owens is LDS and that he grew up just outside of Provo and the BYU campus, the Cougars are in fact a perfect fit for him.

"BYU has everything I could ever want in a football program and in a school," said Owens. "I'm LDS, so their standards match my standards. BYU has a great environment. BYU has everything I want to help me achieve my goals both academically and in playing football. The football team is great, but it's everything else too that makes BYU the perfect place for me. I'm just very thankful that they thought enough of me to offer me a scholarship."

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