MU in the Mix for Blue-Chip Wide Receiver

The Tigers are in the running for one of the top wide receivers in the national Class of 2008, and has the latest …

Inside Mizzou recently caught up with Muskogee (Ok.) star wide receiver Jameel Owens and Muskogee High coach Matt Hennessy for an update, and Owens told us the popular notion that he's a lock to stay in-state at OU or OSU is false. Owens, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound speedster, has offers from a bevy of schools in the Big 12 and beyond. Florida State has offered him a scholarship and Southern Cal has expressed interest.

"I like OU, but every college has got a chance," said Owens, who has racked up 2,450 yards receiving, 3,980 total yards and 35 touchdowns along with a 22.3 yard-per-catch average in three years of varsity play. "I'm looking at everything right now."

Owens visited MU for the Kansas last year and said he's enjoyed his steady correspondence with MU offensive coordinator Dave Christensen.

"They came out with the win … It's a nice program," Owens said. "I'll probably head up there for a game or two [in the fall]."

Hennessy recently attended a coaching clinic at Missouri and is a fan of the program as well, even though he played football for one of Mizzou's rivals. He came back and told Owens he was impressed by MU and coach Gary Pinkel, he said.

"I'm a K-State guy, but it's impressive," Hennessy said. "I was very impressed with all of the coaches and what they're doing there."

Of course, landing Owens will be no small feat. Within a matter of months he's likely to have dozens and dozens of offers.

"I think Jameel is wide open, but he's been offered by pretty much everybody," Hennessy said. "He's started for us since his freshman year, and doing that in Oklahoma at a 6A school is pretty much unheard of."

And he didn't simply start – he scored 18 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons. Owens also has good grades and a great attitude, said Hennessy, who moved his star to quarterback last season after the team's starting signal caller went down with an injury.

"He did great," the coach said of Owens, who has played all over the field during his career. "Jameel's one of those kids, you could throw him a tennis ball and racquet and he'd kick your butt, or give him a ping pong paddle and ball and he'd kick your butt … I'm thinking about trying to get him his CDL so he can drive the bus for us."

Speaking of which, Owens probably won't be attending college anywhere that isn't located within reasonable driving range, which will play into Mizzou's favor when competing against the FSUs and UCSs of the college football landscape.

"I'm not going to go too far," he said.

Owens does not plan to commit early, wanting instead to check out all of his options. He could easily be the most heavily recruited player in the state next year, and it appears likely it'll be a drawn-out struggle to see who can get a commitment from him. Inside Mizzou will keep you updated along the way …

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