LB Ladarius Owens Profile
6-2, 220 pound linebacker prospect Ladarius Owens has four early scholarship offers, including one from Clemson University.
"I have four offers so far. Clemson, Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State have offered. I am also hearing a little from Tennessee and Florida," he told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.
"I also have a top five. My top five right now are Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, Florida and LSU. But I am probably going to wait and take some official visits after my season before I decide anything."
Like many prospects from the Yellowhammer state, there's always a ton of pressure to stay in-state. How would Owens feel about leaving Alabama?
"I don't mind going out of state if it is not too far. Some of the schools I like aren't very far. Clemson is only about four hours. That's not too far. Florida is only about eight hours. It is not big deal, they aren't too far," he said.
A trip to Tigertown is planned for next week.
"I am going to Clemson for junior day on the 21st," said Owens.
Two of Clemson's new defensive coaches have already been recruiting the Alabama standout for a while.
"Coach Harbison was on me at Mississippi State. Coach Steele was recruiting me for Alabama," said Owens.
Coach Cheese has built a strong relationship with the top linebacker.
"He is real good. We are real close. We are on a first name basis. I speak to him a lot. I like that he is honest and straight forward. He says I would do good in their system and he really wants me up there," said Owens.
What will be important when he selects his college destination?
"Honestly playing time and how I will do in the system. I will look at how much of an impact I can have. I will also look at the atmosphere during the game, the fans, the campus and the academics," replied Owen.
Some family ties may give Auburn a slight advantage.
"My uncle was the first black athlete at Auburn on scholarship. He played football there," said Owens.
One of the home teams already received a visit this winter.
"I went to Alabama for their elite junior day a couple of weeks ago. It was pretty nice. They showed me a good time," he added.
Owens recorded 92 tackles, 18 sacks and three forced fumbles as a junior.
Coach Harbison, Steele on Ala. LB
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