RECRUITING: Florida DT has OU in top five

Plantation, Fla. defensive tackle Jeffrey Owens update.


Jeffrey Owens is a super defensive tackle prospect who knows how to anchor the middle of the defensive line. Owens goes into his senior year as a three-year starter, and he has already learned how to handle multiple blockers.

"On every play I take on two to three guys it seems," said Owens. "I try not to let it get to me because that is the way it is and I have to learn to play with it if I am going to get better."

Owens finished last year with 90 tackles, 15 sacks, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

"On the interceptions I am just being a playmaker," said Owens. "On one of them the ball was batted into the air by one of my teammates and I caught it. And then on the other one, I batted the ball into the air coming off the end and I caught it myself. I didn't get a chance to run with either one of them, but that is my goal this year to come with an interception and then score on it."

Owens can bench 435 pounds, squats 500 and he has posted a 32-inch vertical jump. Owens throws the shot (54) in track and he runs anchor in the big man relay in track.

Owens went to the North Carolina State football camp and was rated the top defensive tackle at the camp. He has been offered by 20 different schools.

"Right now I like Florida State, Oklahoma, Miami, N.C. State and Georgia as my top five schools. Oklahoma has a good tradition. They have a great head coach in Bob Stoops and a cool defensive tackle coach in Jackie Shipp. Plus, the Sooners know how to win. I really don't have a favorite, but I am looking forward to taking my visits. Oklahoma will definitely get a visit. The Sooners are very high on my list with Florida State and Miami."

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