In-State DB High on UM

This talented defensive back is widely considered one of the top players in the state at his position. He talks about the recruiting process and why he's high on Miami in this interview.

When Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic standout Brandon Owens started playing football when he was seven years old, the coaches told him he was going to be a running back.

"I played running back my whole life until I got to high school," he said. "Instead of trying to run over defensive players, I wanted to be one. I wanted to start hitting people so they put me at safety."

The talented safety recently attended the University of Georgia summer camp, where he checked in at 6-foot-2 and 196 pounds before running a 4.56 on grass.

"They said they really liked me," he said. "They told me I had a scholarship when I talked to them in May and they said that it was confirmed at the camp."

Owens, who also competes in basketball (small forward), baseball (center fielder), and track, carries a 2.0 core GPA.

"My phone was off the hook here at home in May, so I had to talk to the coaches over the phone at school," he said. "I talked to Georgia, Miami, Rutgers, Florida, Colorado, Oklahoma, and a few others."

The talented safety said he's considering six schools at this point. "I'm looking at Miami, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Rutgers," he said. "Most of them told me that I need a good score on my SAT before they will offer me. I'm trying to get my GPA back up."

Owens, who plays at the same high school that sent Michael Rumph to UM, said he grew up right down the street from the former Hurricane.

"He used to stay right down the street from me," he said. "He had a great career at Miami and hopefully I can someday be where he's at now."

Owens talked more about the Hurricanes. "They're a great program," he said. "What more can you say. Who wouldn't want to play there? They said they're going to wait on my test scores before deciding whether or not to offer."

The standout defensive back said he plans on taking his visits this season before making any type of decision. Until then, he has two things on his mind.

"The biggest thing will be getting my grades up," he said. "If I want to play big time college football, I need to get my grades up so I'm going to work real hard on that. And for the season, I want to lead the county in picks."

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