NC State played host to numerous high school stars at last week's football camp but perhaps none are more sought-after than super DT Jeff Owens of Plantation (Fla) High School.
At 6-3, 265 pounds, Owens boasts solid 4.8-second 40-yard dash speed and an impressive bench press of 415 pounds. Last season he terrorized opposing offenses to the tune of 90 tackles, 14 sacks and 26 tackles-for-loss in helping Plantation to an impressive 10-2 record. For his efforts he was named to the All-Broward first team.
Owens has received a mountain of recruiting attention and scholarship offers from the likes of NC State, Miami, Florida, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Florida State, Boston College and Pittsburgh among others. The Pack was more than happy to host the talented DT for several days last week and Owens reflected on his first trip to NC State.
"We were up at State June 12-16 for the individual camp," said Owens. "I really liked it. They've got some of the best facilities in the country. I like the coaches too. I got to work with coach Stroud and Coach Amato. They were really good coaches and I liked them. I felt like I could relate with them as coaches and as a person."
Owens was also able to show the same play-making ability for the Wolfpack coaches that he displayed during his monster junior season.
"I think I did pretty good at camp," Owens said. "We went up against American High School from Miami and a school from NC. I got defensive line MVP and my team went 5-0. State had already offered me a scholarship and they've offered our WR (Cedric Mcgee) too."
Landing a big-time DT from the state of Florida has proven elusive for Coach Amato since his arrival at NC State. However, early indications from Owens seem to suggest that could be a real possibility in 2005.
"I did really want to leave the state so I got a chance to see them and meet with the (State) coaches," said Owens. "Right now I'm looking at NC State, Florida State, Miami and Georgia. Everybody is tied up right now."
As with nearly all of the top players from Florida, Owens plans to take all of his official visits prior to making a decision.