"I let the coaches know that I am committed to them," Owens said Friday night. Owens did not commit to Georgia last weekend because he said he wanted to tell his brother, who serves in the armed forces, of his decision.
The young offensive lineman had been pursued by the Bulldogs from the beginning of the recruiting season. He was discovered when recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner went to a high school football game near his home in Leeds, AL late last fall. Georgia has kept an eye on Owens ever since, and has been the team to beat since they offered in March. The Bulldogs were also the first team to offer him.
Georgia Tech, Alabama-Birmingham and Troy all offered Owens after he got an offer from the Bulldogs, but in-state Alabama and Auburn have been slow to send an offer Owens' way. But that doesn't matter to him, he said, because he's happy to play for the Dawgs.
"Mark Richt is very down to Earth and someone that I want to play for," Owens said. "I just see my self in Athens and at Georgia."
Georgia Tech is the only school so far that suggested Owens play at defensive tackle. The Bulldogs have told him that he will play either offensive guard or tackle, which is what he plays in high school.
"I guess I could learn how to snap a ball if they wanted me to play center," Owens said of being willing to learn whatever is needed to help his team win.
Owens is Georgia's 14th commitment for 2008 and is the fourth commitment a week. He is currently the only offensive lineman committed to the Bulldogs although once-committed B.J. Brand still likes Georgia a lot.
The Bulldogs are still fighting for in-state offensive linemen to complete their list of committed players at that position. A.J. Harmon, who could also play defensive tackle, and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn are two remaining top offensive line targets for Georgia. Owens' Alabama counterpart, Tyler Love, who most considered a lock to Alabama, has been taking Georgia's offer very seriously. It now appears the Tide is no sure bet to get him.
As for Owens, he says it's great to be committed to Georgia.
"My family is real excited about it, and I am, too," he said.