First Offer Big for Owens

Reading (Pa.) wide receiver Dontae Owens was one of the top surprises at Rutgers camp Saturday. The 2015 prospect left with his first verbal scholarship offer, and discussed what it means for his recruitment.

Wide receiver Dontae Owens of Reading (Pa.) could be close to a decision now that he has a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers.

Owens picked up an offer in person from Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood, and said he considered an instant commitment.

"I definitely thought about committing when I was there because I've loved them since I was a kid," Owens said. "I didn't because I thought that I should go back and see the school with my parents before something like that."

Owens, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound receiver, could make the return trip soon with his family.

"I'll be going back, but I'm not sure when yet," he said.

Owens lives less than two hours away from Rutgers, a team he grew up watching.

"I've always liked Rutgers a lot, so it's just a blessing to get an offer from them," Owens said. "It was a great camp, and I'm excited about everything."

Rutgers continues its search for wide receivers after not signing any in the 2014 class. Owens was the only 2015 to earn an offer at the position during Saturday's camp, and it came after significant face time with the coaching staff.

"The whole camp was great," Owens said. "I worked with all of the coaches, and they gave me a lot of information to get better. We worked on my routes, and they helped out a lot."

Owens aims to return to Rutgers with his family soon, and has no other visits scheduled, he said.

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