Jayson Oweh

DE Jayson Oweh is visiting Rutgers and Temple; Penn State, UNC on him.

Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy defensive end is getting plenty of interest from the Big Ten.

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Jayson Oweh already got a glimpse of the recruiting process last year, but he has a much different perspective now as his recruitment is about to high gear.

The one-time Rutgers basketball target is visiting the Rutgers football program Tuesday after the Scarlet Knights' football staff extended the Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy defensive end an offer late last month.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Oweh is set to visit Temple on Feb. 20, and Penn State and North Carolina are also showing interest.

"I was first a basketball guy, but most likely I'm going to move toward football," said Oweh, who is from Howell, N.J. "Football looks like a better prospect for me."


Oweh visited Rutgers unofficially as a basketball recruit, but this will be his first look at the football program.

"(Defensive line) coach (Shane) Burnham invited me there, so I'm going to take that trip, put the jersey on and everything," Oweh said. "(The basketball coaches) showed me the new dorms, the new (basketball) facility they are going to make, so that was good."

However, this will be Oweh's first look at the football complex, and his initial chance to sit with coach Chris Ash and discuss the program.

"The offer means a lot," Oweh said. "I live around there, so it's like home."

Oweh transferred to Blair from Somerset (N.J.) Rutgers Prep, which is located a few miles from the Rutgers campus.

While Rutgers will be his first football recruiting visit, Temple also showed its interest when defensive line coach Jim Panagos stopped by the school in late January.

"I've been talking to coach Panagos. He loves my (ability)," Oweh said. "My friend really loves Temple and he tells me it is great, so I want to see it there."

Because it is basketball season, Oweh's schedule is tight. His coach is handling a lot of the recruitment, fielding calls from Penn State and North Carolina, and getting to campuses is not easy.

"I missed a lot of junior days," Oweh said. "There is not much time."

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