During his Florida travels in mid-May, Maryland assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim stopped by Godby High in Tallahassee, Fla., May 19. And after watching three-star defensive tackle Antwan Owens in action, he spoke to the Godby head coach and offered the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder with previous offers from Mississippi State; UCF; Cincinnati; Indiana; Purdue; Kentucky; ECU; USF, Syracuse; Wake Forest and others.
“Coach Rahim was down here twice, actually, and he came back [May 19] to watch a work out. Then he told my coach he wanted to offer me,” Owens said. “I was really excited about it and I really felt accomplished, because Maryland was an offer I really wanted. It’s a big offer for me.”
Owens said he’s already done some preliminary research on the Terps. He said Abdul-Rahim’s told him a couple things, although the two have only just begun to develop a rapport.
“First of all, the new coaches there look like they’re building a powerhouse in football,” Owens said. “Maryland is a program on the rise from what I can tell with some of the guys they’re bringing in. Also, it’s a Big Ten school and that’s a great conference to play in. And I kind of want to get out of Tallahassee and go some place a little farther away. I like the idea of going up north for college.”
The Godby tackle said he’s “definitely” visiting College Park, Md., this summer.
“And then I might even come back for an official in the fall,” Owens said. “It’s a school I’m really interested in.”
It’s not the only one, however. Owens said Mississippi State, Kentucky, UCF, Indiana and Purdue are also on his mind. He said he’d like to see each of those programs at some point this summer.
“With Mississippi State, it’s an SEC school and that’s a great conference. I feel like if I can play in that conference, it will really help me accomplish my goal of getting to the League,” said Owens, who has visited Florida and UCF thus far. “Same thing with Kentucky. It’s an SEC school, and also, my cousin, Mike Williams, used to play there and I used to go to games all the time when I was younger. So I’m excited to get back there. Then Indiana, Purdue, UCF, their coaches have been on me and I want to see those schools too. I’ve already been to UCF once, but I might go back.”
It’s possible more schools could work into the mix if their coaches opt to offer. He said staffers from Florida and Miami have been in contact and could toss out a scholarship down the line.
“Those would be two huge offers for me,” Owens said. “I’d definitely look at Miami and Florida if they offered. They’re be up there for me.”
Owens has no timeline for making his college decision, although he allowed he’d like to embark on several official visits during the fall. He said ideally he’d like to commit sometime after his senior season, but if spots begin to fill he could be coaxed into an earlier announcement.