Signing Day Capsule: Gerald Owens

Big, bruising running back from New Jersey brings a different pace to East Lansing and the Michigan State offense.

Gerald Owens – West Deptford (N.J.) running back

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 270 pounds

Commitment date: June 21, 2013

Why Michigan State: "The fact that they're keeping me at running back and I felt at home while I was there was (important). Some schools were going to move me, but I don't think all schools were going to move me. I felt like I fit in there on the field and off the field."

The Skinny

There isn't much "skinny" when it comes to Owens, really. He is a massive running back, but wants to stick at the position, which led to his commitment to Michigan State. He would have a tough time sticking as a running back at anything more than 250 pounds most likely, which he tops right now. If he can slim down, he might be a solid change of pace runner.

Depending on what kind of shape he comes to Michigan State in will dictate much of his freshman year. If he has his weight under control, maybe he sees the field as a third-down or goal-line back a la Jehuu Caulcrick. It could be that he comes in too big and has to fight to get in better shape during a redshirt year.

My guess is he winds up as a fullback – which is what lists him as – and he becomes a contributor there in his career.

Bottom line seems to be he is a rare athlete that can carry a lot of weight but move well and accelerate quickly. If this proves true, he is an interesting prospect moving forward.

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