Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West 2016 four-star receiver Darian Owens (6-0, 191) is one of the premier playmakers in a class that is already full of them in the West.
But Owens wants to be known more for being just one of the best, he wants to be the best.
“I feel like im one of the more underrated receivers in California,” said Owens. “I’m aiming for No. 1. I hear a lot about the other guys, but I’m coming out to prove something, I want to show I’m worthy of being ranked higher.”
Owens had a good showing at the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio and said the experience was a good one for him.
“It was great for me,” said Owens. “I was able to meet a lot of people and compete against some of the best.”
Owens is in double-digits for offers, with a blend of Pac-12 and national schools.
Owens said that USC was a school that he grew up watching, but said he’s completely open minded now.
“I did grow up a USC fan but as I’m getting older and more of a recruit, I have to look at the school that fits me best and where I can play and grow as a player, so I’m not favoring anyone and am wide open. I like UCLA, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Oregon and USC all right now. Really, I like anyone who’s offered me.”
Owens can play both ways, and schools like him as an athlete, save Notre Dame.
“All the schools want me as an athlete, except for Notre Dame, who wants me as a safety,” said Owens. “I would prefer my shot at offense so I can show I can play receiver at the next level, but I just want to play.”
Owens said he’s trying to get thicker by the time the season starts in August but is happy with his weight right now.
“I’m not trying to push towards 200 right now, but maybe by the end of the summer,” said Owens.
Academically, Owens has a 3.3 and will take the SAT in May.