McEowen: Then There Were Two

There are several sub-plots in the story of the final two schools left standing for one of Pennsylvania’s top talents. There’s the fresh newcomer, Urban Meyer, and the crafty and resilient Joe Paterno. The seasonal weather changes in his homeland or the sunshine in Gainesville. No matter what happens, Florida or Penn State will land a gem.

After months of mulling over offers from over 25 schools, Langhorne (Pa.) Neshaminy defensive lineman Tom McEowen (6-4, 270, 4.9) has narrowed his choices down to two schools. The athletic lineman could make a decision by the end of the month.

“I have narrowed it down to Penn State and Florida” McEowen said. “I’m visiting Penn State (7/15) and Florida (7/22), I’ll probably decide after the Florida trip.”

Now the magical question: What does McEowen like about these two institutions?

Penn State: “Ever since I was little I have liked them. Penn State football is a big deal around here. It’s a great place and I felt at home there, it was really comfortable. I like the scheme they play; I can play the three-technique there.”

Florida: “I’m being recruited by Coach [Greg] Mattison and Coach [Urban] Meyer. Coach Meyer is the new big deal. I love how Coach Mattison makes me feel when he talks about how I could fit in their system. I can’t wait to go down there and see everything.”

In 2004, McEowen tallied 89 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, five sacks and two forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-League as a sophomore/junior, Courier-Times Golden first-team and SE PA SOL Golden 11 Junior honors.

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