With the start of spring football practice and spring break being at the same for many high school football prospects, the Missouri Tigers are getting some unofficial visits early during spring football 2014.
One of those who visited on this past Friday was Kearney (MO) OT Tanner Owen 6'6" 253 4.9 forty.
Owen spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com following his unofficial visit.
"I really liked it there at Mizzou," said Owen. "I really like the coaches and how they run the practices. And I got to tour the whole campus. I had already seen all the stuff in the training complex from the junior day. The coaches told me keep putting on weight and that Andy Hill and Coach Walker would be down in Kearney soon."
Owen was among the many junior day visitors back in February.
He spoke with me following that event and enjoyed it as well.
"Coach Hill came to my school a couple weeks before and told me he liked my film and invited me to junior day. It was really good. I got to meet Coach Pinkel and Coach Henson. They all asked about my weight. Coach Henson was looking at how big my hands were and how thick my wrist was and arm length."
I asked Tanner if the Tiger coaches mentioned a weight they would like to see him at for a possible offer?
"They didn't say a specific weight they wanted me at they just said we could put meat on me. Coach Henson also said he likes my aggressiveness and the way I got off the ball," Owen said.
And does he feel an offer may be in his future from the Tigers following his junior day and spring practice visits?
"To me it sounds like if I keep working hard and gain the right kind of weight there is a good chance of a offer. It's hard to tell, but I am hopeful of an offer. If they did I would definitely take it,"said Owen.
Beside Mizzou, Tanner is receiving interest and letters from schools such as Arizona State,Kansas State, Illinois, Kansas, Tulsa, Iowa, Purdue, Northwestern, Stanford, Wyoming and Western Illinois along with others.
Player Analysis: Tanner Owen is a very athletic 6'6" 253lb OT/DE from Kearney (MO) near Kansas City. He is aggressive and explodes off the line off scrimmage and does a great job engaging and finishing his blocks on both run and pass plays. He does a great job using leverage to pancake defenders despite his height. He also uses his very good 4.9 speed to get downfield and block for ballcarriers. He has long arms and uses his hands well when pass blocking and has very quick feet. He is also an excellent long snapper.
Owen also plays basketball for his high school and in AAU ball for the past few years. Playing basketball year round has made it more difficult for him to keep on weight in the 270lbs range, but it has help with his foot quickness and he has the frame to be a 290-300lb tackle in college. He sports a 31" vertical along with lift maxes of 300lbs in the bench press and 420lbs in the squat.