Teams Still In Pursuit Of Owens

Palestine, TX Jarrell Owens is a longtime commitment to TCU but that hasn't stopped others from entering the picture.

TCU landed one of the Lone Star state's top defensive end prospects over the summer with a commitment from Palestine's Jarrell Owens.

Owens was a do it all player for the Wildcats this season, lining up at running back, receiver, tight end, linebacker and defensive end. He even took some snaps at quarterback in wildcat formations.

Since his commitment to the Frogs, Owens has maintained his commitment but that hasn't stopped others from pursuing. Texas Tech is among the programs continuing to show interest (Owens chose the Frogs over Red Raiders) and a new program has started to peak interest; Oklahoma State.

"Actually, it had picked up from one school; OSU (Oklahoma State)," Owens said. "Tech has been on me from day one but OSU picked up on me a week after the football season ended. I've been talking to them for a couple of weeks. They said they liked me and that they may offer me so I just have to see how that plays out."

Owens, who was recruited as a defensive end by the Frogs, has already made his official visit to Ft. Worth.

"I made an official visit to TCU maybe four to five weeks ago and it was fun," he said. "The city of Ft. Worth is a great city; it's a great place to be. The football players are all cool, we all got along. It was a family type environment."

In addition to hanging out with TCU players, Owens also got to spend some quality time with Frogs head coach Gary Patterson. Owens called the visit at the coach's house with other recruits was another highlight of his visit.

"I went by his house, everyone met there and we all sat there and talked and ate, ate, ate," Owens said. "Everything was cool, I enjoyed every minute of it. He's (Patterson) a nice guy and his wife is real sweet."

At 6-foot-3, 235-pounds with 4.6 speed, Owens has the ability to make an impact right away once he gets on campus. While he knows he has to give it his all to see early playing time, he says the coaching and defensive scheme has him looking forward to getting on campus and making an impact.

"Coach Bumpas is a great coach, he's humble and has been in the game so long," he said. "He's coached a lot of football stars and he knows the game. The scheme is just right; it's a great defense to be in."

Although his commitment to the Frogs is solid, it appears Oklahoma State has at least given him something to think about if they do end up extending an offer. The Cowboys also have a good friend of Owens' on the roster, but for now the playmaker says TCU is still the best fit for him.

"TCU is by far the greatest school that offered me and that's why I committed there because there wasn't anyone better," he said. "OSU is a good school and I have a former teammate that plays for OSU (Sam Wren) at the same position I do. Me and him have been talking, he transferred from a JUCO and plays for OSU and he asked me to at least come down to see how I like things. But, TCU is still my number one school."

Owens is rated as the No. 45 defensive end prospect in the nation by Scout.com.


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