Owusu Talks Irish, Possible Summer Visit

Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Denbrock was at Oaks Christian High (Westlake Village, Calif.) on Wednesday, and one of the prospects he was there to see was four-star receiver Francis Owusu. On Thursday, Owusu spoke to IrishEyes.com about Denbrock's visit, and where Notre Dame stands in his recruitment.

Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Denbrock had plenty of business to handle Wednesday at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, Calif.

By the time Denbrock left the school, class of 2014 quarterback Brandon Dawkins and class of 2015 offensive lineman Reno Rosene each had their first offers, but there was another piece of business that brought him there.

Denbrock was also in town to see four-star receiver Francis Owusu, who holds an offer from the Irish.

"I was able to put a name with the face," Owusu said. "I was really excited that he took the time to fly out and come say hi, so that was really good."

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Owusu holds double digit offers, including ones from Stanford, Vanderbilt, Florida, Tennessee, UCLA and Wisconsin. He is also planning on making an east coast swing to see a few schools, and he plans to stop in the midwest and take a look at notre Dame.

"I'm going to try and make an east coast run and maybe go to some camps," Owusu said. "Notre Dame is definitely on the list of where I want to go to visit this summer. Maybe I'll go to Vanderbilt, Florida, maybe some Ivy League schools and Notre Dame. I'm trying to get out there."

Notre Dame's recruiting pitch centers on academics and the way coach Brian Kelly likes to use big receivers, which help in running blocking and also in the pass game.

"I know they use the wide receivers a lot, which is where I want to play," Owusu said. "They said they're looking for a guy who can replace Michael Floyd. They said I definitely have the potential to be that, and they said they really like big receivers. Watching Michael Floyd progress at Notre Dame takes my interest level a little higher."

The academics also pique Owusu's interest.

"It's a huge factor," he said. "My parents have pushed academics and me and my siblings since we were very, very young. We know academics definitely come first because one day football is going to end, so we'll have something to fall back on.

"We look academics first and Notre Dame has that. It's something I'm highly interested in."

Owusu is coming off a junior season in which he caught 35 passes for 705 yards and eight touchdowns, and is at a program familiar to Irish fans.

Oaks Christian is where former Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen prepped, and he remains in contact with the current players at the private school outside of Los Angeles.

"Jimmy did really well with coming back to school and talking to everyone and he came back last year and talked in chapel to the whole school," Owusu said. "He also came by to the football field and talked to the football players, and he pulled some of us aside.

"It was really cool seeing someone who had succeeded so much …and him talking to us and giving us pointers and taking it all in."

Owusu said he is uncertain when he will make his college decision.


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