Owens Down to Five?

Drew Owens is one of the state's top prospects, and the Pack recently made his list of favorites. Pack Pride has the latest.

Charlotte tight end Drew Owens has cut his list to five schools and NC State is still alive.

The 6-6, 227-pound tight end from Ardrey Kell High School went on the record recently and said that the schools that are still on his mind are NC State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson and Arkansas.

Pack Pride caught up with Owens this week in an effort to get some deeper insight into what exactly Owens is thinking these days, as well as what his plans are for the future.

Owens has already visited all of the schools that are still on his list except for Arkansas. Why are the Razorbacks a contender?

"Just from watching their film. I sat down with my head coach and watched their tight ends in their passing game. I know a lot about their offense and I like it a lot. I really like it from the film I've seen, just how they work," he explained. "I'm really looking forward to going down there sometime and learning more about it."

It would seem, then, that a visit to Arkansas could cement the Hogs at the top of his list or cause them to fall out of contention very quickly, as he isn't as familiar with the school as he is with the others on his list.

Owens knows more about NC State than he does about Arkansas, and he likes everything he knows. Oftentimes fans like to believe that most players fall in love with a particular school and that's the decisive factor in the prospect's recruitment. To be sure, that certainly happens, but it isn't always the case. Perhaps more often it's a matter of feeling comfortable with a coaching staff.

"I haven't talked to NC State probably in the last three or four weeks," Owens recalled. "The last time I was up there was for their spring game, but I do plan on visiting later on this summer just to get together with the coaches and meet with them a little bit.

"I like State because the coaching staff is great. They've got a real good atmosphere at their games but the main thing is the coaching staff and the family atmosphere. Their main goal is to work hard and win football games."

Speaking of game day atmosphere, Owens plans on enjoying a pretty good one sometime this fall. He told Pack Pride he plans on attending a game at Virginia Tech this fall at some point even though the Hokies aren't currently on his list of favorites.

"I don't have any definite plans other than that," Owens continued. "I'm not sure if I want to commit before my official visits or after some of them. I want to commit before October, so I might schedule some officials for September and decide right after that."

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