Owens is one of NC's Top Prospects

A self described "military brat," Ardrey Kell tight end Drew Owens has had his share of travels.

A self described "military brat," Drew Owens has had his share of travels. His family's latest move was from Italy to Charlotte, North Carolina, where they have since 2008. Owens has since become one of the top high school football prospects in the state of North Carolina's 2011 class.

A 6-5, 225-pound tight end, Owens has received 14 official FBS scholarship offers to date. ACC programs Clemson, Duke, Maryland, UNC, N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are included on the list of offers. ECU, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are among the others to offer as well with Louisville being the most recent offer to come through.

"So far, it's been real interesting," Owens said of the recruiting process. "It feels good to hear a lot of coaches say good things about you. I really have to stay grounded, because I know once you commit and get to college the coaches are going to be screaming and yelling at you just like any other player. For now, I'm enjoying it."

Owens certainly has the size college coaches covet, but he is also a good athlete who plays basketball as well as football. Owens' receiving stats this past season were modest - he hauled in 14 catches for 221 yards and four touchdowns - but he has impressed college coaches with a combination of size, athleticism, speed and receiving ability.

"They like my ability to stretch the field with my speed and size," said Owens, who his hoping for more opportunities in the passing game this upcoming season. "I can push the safety deep and come back. I can create mismatches."

Owens has hit the recruiting trail hard to this point, having visited or attended camp at Clemson, Duke, Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia and others. He claims no favorite school, but there have been some that have impressed thus far.

"I definitely like South Carolina's atmosphere," Owens said. "I love Clemson's atmosphere. N.C. State is a good school, too. So was Carolina. I could see myself playing for all of them. Virginia is also known for good tight ends."

Though he doesn't plan to make a final decision on his college future until the fall or winter, Owens could make a commitment before the start of his senior season. He wants to start narrowing down his list of schools at the end of the Spring Evaluation Period.

"I definitely want to give at least a soft verbal to a school before the start of my season," Owens said. "Then, I'll take official visits. I'll probably sign with the school I make a soft verbal to, though."

It appears Owens is leaning towards staying close to the Charlotte area for his college career.

"Location is kind of a factor, but not too much of my decision will be based off that," Owens said. "I wouldn't want to be too far from my family."

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