Recruiting: Owens, Spano To Visit Saturday

Muskogee, Okla., standout wide receiver Jameel Owens who was scheduled to make an official visit this weekend to LSU, will be in Stillwater for an official visit to Oklahoma State for the Cowboys' game with Kansas State. Quarterback Kody Spano, of Stephenville, Texas, who committed to OSU this past summer, also will be making his official visit, and spend time with the state's top receiver.

Owens was named this afternoon in an afternoon assembly at Muskogee High School as a U.S. Army All-American and will participate in the U.S. Army All American Game in San Antonio, Texas, in January.

Owens has caught 43 passes for 706 yards so far this season and is on pace to have one of the top seasons for a wide receiver in Oklahoma prep history, especially at the Class 6A level. Owens is averaging 16.4 yards a reception and has eight touchdowns. He is also having great success returning punts and kickoffs for the Roughers.

He is excited about the U.S. Army All-American announcement. "I am honored and it is a blessing, but I really am trying to keep it from getting to my head," said Owens. "It is something that I share with my teammates, but as a team we are all playing well right now and working hard. We want to win a state championship."

A big wide receiver at 6-4 and approximately 210 pounds, Owens has tremendous speed. He is easily one of the better players, if not the best, in the state of Oklahoma. Guthrie athlete Kye Staley, an Oklahoma State commitment, is the other prep player considered in that same stratosphere.

Owens was scheduled to visit LSU this weekend, but instead will be at Oklahoma State and will have the entire weekend to visit since Muskogee plays Thursday night against Booker T. Washington in Tulsa.

"I'm looking forward to going down there and seeing a good game," said Owens. "I really know almost everything about Oklahoma State since I am there all the time. I'm looking forward to showing my mom everything there at OSU." Owens is good friends with Oklahoma State sophomore defensive end Derek Burton, a former teammate at Muskogee. Owens is also scheduled to visit Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Florida. According to his coach at Muskogee, Matt Henessey, he may also reschedule his visit to LSU at a later date.

Life is good for Owens these days as he is also featured in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated in their "Faces in the Crowd." Owens earned that honor in the eyes of the SI editorial staff for his performance in Muskogee's 43-6 win over Tahlequah in which he caught five passes for 221 yards including scoring receptions of 91 and 99-yards.

Another plus is that Stephenville, Texas, quarterback Kody Spano, an OSU commitment, is making his official visit this weekend.

For now, Owens and Spano are the only two in-season official visitors this weekend. Spano is a January enrollee that will no doubt spend lots of time with Owens over the weekend. It is always good to pair a wide receiver with a quarterback on an official visit. Spano is having a spectacular season at Stephenville this fall. Spano has completed 81 of 119 passes (68.1 percent) for 1,167 yards and 11 touchdowns while throwing just four interceptions this season.

Oklahoma State is looking to pick up a premier wide receiver with size in their upcoming recruiting class with Adarius Bowman moving on to play in the NFL after this season, and Owens, as he would with just about any school, fits that bill.

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