Class of 2011 tight end Drew Owens will likely be one of the state’s top prospects when rankings are released next year an he has been picking up offers right and left recently, including one from NC State.
Pack Pride caught up with the 6-5, 220-pound prospect from Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell and the talented youngster talked about his season and the recruiting process.
Though Ardrey Kell was just 2-3 through their first five games of the season, Owens feels like they're about to turn the corner. They're working out some kinks from earlier in the season and starting to hit their stride. So far Owens has caught 11 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. The school has opened up their playbook and that's helping Owens to get more opportunities to pad his stats and help the team.
Lately he has been talking to coaches from Clemson and NC State, and the conversation with coach Jim Bridge was under unique circumstances.
"Well, coach Bridge came to one of our games on a Thursday," Owens explained. "I’ve also had a chance to talk to coach Bridge on the phone and he told me he liked the way I played. He told me I had an offer. I think coach Bridge is a good coach. We went up there for a little junior day and I like the way he breaks down film. He tried to get the point across that all his tight ends play. They separate their snaps in practice so each tight end gets a fair amount of snaps in practice to show their skills."
Owens said NC State, North Carolina, South Carolina and East Carolina are the main schools he's looking at right now.
Will he be visiting any schools in the near future?
"I've got to look at the schedules of the schools I'm hearing from, then I'll pick out whatever games that look good."