Owens Close to a Decision?

The top rated safety in America is <B>Brandon Owens</B> from Del Ray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic. That distinction has surprised some recruiting fans across the country but it doesn't surprise the football community in South Florida.

Brandon Owens has an incredible reputation on the field and he had a great senior season to back it up. Owens, 6-2.5 and 200 pounds, runs in the 4.4 range. Mike Bakas from TheInsiders.com said it best when describing Owens... "he is off the charts." On film, Owens runs like a cornerback and has the size of a linebacker.

"He is so fluid back there at safety," said Atlantic Assistant Head Coach Jim Maloney. "Brandon can do it all and he can run you over like a truck. He returns interceptions for touchdowns and makes big play after big play. I would say that he is one of the few kids that could play for anyone in America as a true freshman. I mean anyone."

College scouts agree but there is a sticking point. Academics. Owens fell behind in school as a freshman and sophomore and he has frantically tried to play catch up over the past six months. He made up some courses over the summer and he has taken five core classes this fall. This is a big week for Owens because it's finals week and he knows he needs to score well.

"I have really worked hard in the classroom to make some things up," said Owens. "I know I will get a lot of As and Bs this semester. Now, I have to score well on one of the tests."

That is another stumbling block for the super safety. He just recently took the ACT and SAT for the first time and he and the Atlantic coaching staff are anxiously awaiting the results. If he comes anywhere near the score he needs, every school in America will be knocking on his door.

In the meantime, Owens is also getting focused on recruiting. Last weekend, he and teammate Steve Allen took an official visit to Iowa State. Allen has since committed to the Cyclones. Could Owens be next?

"It was a nice visit. I really like the coaching staff. Everyone there gets along so well. I like their scheme and I think I could play right away. Right now, I would say they are my leader."

Owens has been offered scholarships so far from Iowa State, Georgia and South Florida. He likes those schools plus Florida, Minnesota and Kansas State. If he qualifies or comes close in the next few weeks, all heck could break lose at Atlantic High School.

"I hope I make it now or at least come close so I can have more options. I am worried about it and working hard towards qualifying. Right now, I am just sitting tight and waiting on the test results."

This season, Owens led Atlantic to a 12-1 record and they lost to the eventual state champions, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely High School, in the third round of the playoffs. He is now playing basketball and averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Tomorrow, Iowa State will visit his high school. There is a chance that Owens could commit to the Cyclones. Stay tuned.

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