Owusu Accepted And Ready To Return

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver Chris Owusu committed to Stanford in June and he received a letter recently from Stanford letting him know the good news about his admittance. Owusu talks about being accepted into school and coming back from a knee injury...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver Chris Owusu has had a frustrating last couple of weeks, recovering from a knee injury while watching the Lions suffer their first league loss in five years from the sidelines.

Yet not all the news has been bad for the Stanford commit.

"I had finished my application during the summer and it got approved," said Owusu. "I was officially accepted into Stanford University and it was a wonderful feeling."

Owusu said the news that he was admitted was a much needed boost after the knee injury.

"It's getting better and I should be back in a week but it's been hard. It's hard just watching and not getting to play. Losing in itself is hard, but watching it happen is worse. I just landed on it wrong, but there was nothing too bad, no surgery was needed," said Owusu. "I'll be fresh for the playoffs and hopefully we'll go into it with some momentum. But getting accepted definitely helped make me happy."

Owusu said not having to worry about his pending status has been a relief.

"Knowing I'm in school has helped and that was the main thing I was focusing on," said Owusu. "I was just going to trust God and he had it planned for me. A lot of stress was relieved. I was still getting some offers but I'm going to a school that really wants me and the fact that I'm getting into a great school like Stanford is a great feeling. Colorado is one of the schools that calls me but I'm staying strong on my [Stanford] commitment."

Owusu said he frequently talks with his former Oaks teammate and current Cardinal freshman Sean Wiser.

"Sean said he's loving it up there and it's like a whole different team up there," said Owusu. "It's crazy that they're doing so well. That win over SC was a great victory for them. I think we'll show within the next couple years that we're a team to watch."

A couple more former teammates are freshmen at USC in Marc Tyler and Marshall Jones, and Owusu said he saw Tyler after the game at the Coliseum.

"After the game, I saw Marc walking but I didn't give him too much grief," said Owusu. "Marshall and Marc are great friends of mine but that game, it was a great win for us, and I'm happy that [Stanford] won. When I saw Marc a few weeks ago, I said, 'Go Stanford' and we laughed."

Owusu said some of the quick success that Jim Harbaugh has enjoyed in his brief time on The Farm is not a surprise.

"I had no doubt Coach Harbaugh was going to do well there, I could just tell at Junior Day he was going to change that program and turn it around," said Owusu. "That's what the whole Stanford program was missing, a coach who knew how to get the program turned around. I'm excited I'll get to contribute to the whole process."

Looking back, Owusu is glad that he committed early on in the process to the Cardinal.

"When the injury came, I was pretty confident that with being committed, everything was going to be fine," said Owusu. "I'm real happy that no surgery was needed and I'll be back soon. Hopefully, we'll go really far and win ourselves another championship. We never let our hearts off that goal. But, definitely the fact I'm committed has helped me take this injury slowly and not rush myself back."

Owusu said he hasn't set up his official visit to Stanford yet, but has zeroed in on one of two weekends.

"I haven't scheduled it yet, but I think I'm going to take it during the Notre Dame game, and see Jimmy [Clausen, his teammate at Oaks last year]. The other option is during the Cal game."

In four games, Owusu had 20 catches for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

Here are clips of Owusu from an early season game against St. Bonaventure:

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