Co-Lin defensive lineman wows at Big Dawg Camp

Mississippi State is looking to add some bulk along the defensive line in this recruiting class. With several allowable grants available in the annual 25 limit for the 2016 calendar year, the Bulldogs are hitting the junior college ranks hard. A rising name on the Bulldog want list appears to be Co-Lin standout Tyree Owens.

Owens along with well over 100 other college football hopefuls spent Friday night under the lights at Mississippi State as the annual Big Dawg camp took place. Owens appears to have enjoyed the chance to workout with the Bulldog coaching staff.

"This was a great camp," Owens said. "There was a lot of competition here, because they had so many of their top players here. It was great overall."

The trip to Starkville provided Owens the chance to try the coaching of Coach Brian Baker on for size. It appears that the veteran coach made a strong impression.

"He is a great coach," Owens said of Baker. "There are some things I need to work on to get better and he helped me with some of that. I liked him.

"When we did the one-on-ones he had me working at both the 5 (defensive end) and the 3 (defensive tackle) technique. I like both of them. I am comfortable playing either spot."

The Bulldogs are currently one of a few SEC Western division programs in contention for Owens' services. Mississippi State and Texas A&M are both near the top with Auburn surging after their recent offer.

"Things are still pretty much the same right now," Owens said. "It's pretty much neck and neck right now. I still want to get out and see some schools before I do anything. "I want to get through the season and take some officials before I make a decision. I may do it during the middle of the season or at the very end. I am just not sure yet."

While Owens does not have a firm time frame for a decision, it appears at this point that a pre-season decision is not in the cards. The former West Virginia Mountaineer and his fellow members of the Co-Lin Wolfpack will begin their season at home September 1st against Mississippi Delta Community College.

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