Owens picking up a lot of attention

Last year Gerald McCoy represented the state of Oklahoma in the Army All-American Bowl, and this year Austin Box and Gerald Jones have been selected to participate. The "Sooner State" junior class looks to be shaping up as a strong one, and Jameel Owens would be the frontrunner to carry on the All-American tradition. Are the Red Raiders targeting this highly sought after Junior?

Jameel Owens, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver from Muskogee High in Okla., is probably the most highly recruited underclassman in the state. Owens is a versatile athlete who has had to step up and play quarterback after his teammate Rell Lewis went down with a knee injury in the first quarter of a game a few weeks ago.

Owens may have had the biggest play in last weeks game when he completed a long pass to set up what was the decisive score in knocking off the top ranked team in 6A.

"It was good to beat Booker T. Washington, but we came in to the game expecting to win," Owens explained. "It was even bigger to win on senior night., but we want to have one more home game. If we can beat Owasso and Sand Springs by a certain amount of points then we will be holding a playoff game."

Owens skills on the field of play have netted him early scholarship offers from some of the Big Twelve's most prominent programs.

"The offers I know about right now are Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, Owens informed.

"Missouri is the latest school to offer. I went out there for an unofficial visit this weekend and they offered me while I was there. I had fun. It was a nice visit. They have some nice new facilities."

"It is great to get all of the major offers, but I am just trying to take it all in stride right now."

Muskogee has transformed in to one of the most highly recruited school in the state. Last year Derek Burton signed with Oklahoma State and this year Owens' teammate Jontae Bumpus has given his verbal commitment to sign with Oklahoma. Owens claims that neither player is putting any pressure on him to attend their university.

"There are some guys that would like to see me at their school, but right now there is no one trying to really talk me in to their school," he said.

As a sophomore, Owens reeled in 40 receptions for more than 900 yards and 10 touchdowns.


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