RECRUITING: Owens makes big splash in Gainesville

Jeff Owens, a Georgia verbal commitment, was scheduled for a trip to Coral Gables to visit the University of Miami but he cancelled it at midweek in favor of a visit to the University of Florida. To say the least, the big defensive tackle from Plantation, Florida caused a big splash in Gainesville, and not just with the Gator players and coaching staff.

"Man, I was in the park (Lake Wauberg) canoeing with Brandon Daniel and man, two big guys in a little canoe … we just tipped over," Jeffrey Owens said. "We had to swim all the way back and damn it was cold out there!"

Daniel played the role of host for Owens and told him the facts about UF, he said.

"Brandon is a cool guy who just gave it to me straight about how good it was to be a Florida Gator," said Owens, the 6-3, 285-pound defensive tackle who is rated four stars by Scout.com .

After his unplanned swim in Lake Wauberg, Owens got a Saturday night look at The Swamp. The evening in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was one of the highlights of the trip.

"It was a real neat experience," Jeff Owens said. "I enjoyed running out of the tunnel. Coach (Urban) Meyer and Coach (John) Hevesy are great guys."

When it came down to committing, Owens said the coaching staff gave him plenty to think about before he visits Florida State next weekend. However, although he remains committed to Georgia, he says he will take some time to think seriously about this last visit.

GATOR COUNTRY TAKE: This would be a prize steal from Georgia's commitment list, but it will take more then a dip in the lake to convince Jeff Owens that Gainesville should be his home for the next four years. If the Gators have an incredible in-home, it could mean the difference, but for now, he's Georgia's to lose.


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