'13 Prospect Evaluation: WR Francis Owusu

The Cardinal is convinced they have a future game-changer in verbally-committed four-star WR Francis Owusu. The Bootleg's prime prospect analyst Garry Cobb, Jr. takes look at what makes the big fella from southern California so mightily intriguing!

'13 Prospect Evaluation: WR Francis Owusu

Francis Owusu , WR (6’3” 195 – Oaks Christian High School, Westlake Village, CA)

Scout.com: 4-Star, #28 WR

Rivals.com: 4-Star, #27 WR, #191 player overall, #22 overall in CA

ESPN.com: 4-Star (82), #258 overall, #41 WR, #27 overall in CA

24/7 Sports: 3-Star (86), #89 WR, #74 overall in CA

Francis Owusu is a long, rangy receiver with deceptive speed and quickness.  He also a tough, physical player and has no problem with contact whether catching a pass or blocking for his teammates. Francis is not quite the "quick-twitch" athlete that his older brother Chris Owusu is, but he shows a surprising ability to sink his hips and make cuts while running with the ball after the catch. At all of 6’3”, that ability is an added bonus, as Owusu can combine his quickness and size to become a potent yards-after-catch (YAC) threat in college. He has good acceleration, but as a taller receiver it takes him a few steps to get to his top speed. That notwithstanding, Owusu shows off his long speed in his video as he consistently runs by deep defenders for big plays. 

Owusu looks comfortable catching the ball with his hands outside of his frame for the most part, but he does at times allow the ball to reach his body in his junior film. Early video from camps in 2012, however, shows an improvement in that area as well as impressive ball skills and field awareness. Those traits are a recipe for a dangerous red-zone target which is a role in which Owusu is seen sparingly in his junior video. 

The abilities to be a threat for the deep ball, for YAC and in the red-zone make Francis Owusu an exciting prospect. What could make him an elite receiver on the next level is the ability to create separation on intermediate routs. Owusu has all of the tools to become a good intermediate rout-runner – deceptiveness, the ability to sink his hips to change direction and straight away speed – but most of his on his video routes are vertical (9 routes or skinny posts) or screens. Once the quickness that Owusu exhibits with the ball shows up in his out routes and corner routes, he will be open consistently, especially when one adds the “virtual” separation that he will always have based off of his frequent size advantage. With intermediate routes added to his game, Owusu will be a dangerous weapon very early in his Stanford career.

Editor's Notes: Owusu had offers from Florida, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, UCLA, ASU, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and many more.

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