Darian Owens is a very talented player with the ability to play receiver, corner or safety in college. He's currently rated the No. 116 player in the Scout 300 but has top 100 talent and really played well this past weekend in Las Vegas.
Physically, Owens has put in a lot of time in the weight room and it's evident in his body. He looks all of 6-0, 200 pounds but isn't stiff and showed plenty of flexibility and explosiveness. As a receiver, he's still not a natural pass catcher and fights the ball a little but has the speed to get open, can stretch the field, shows the strength to get off the jam and is a tough, highly competitive kid.
He was probably most impressive this weekend at safety showing a ton of range. He has a knack for being around the football and is very good making plays on the ball. He's not afraid to throw his body around and shows a high football IQ with good, natural instincts.
On the recruiting front, Owens said three schools are currently recruiting him the hardest.
"Washington, Oregon and UCLA are the schools recruiting me the hardest right now," Owens said. "I'm going to officially visit all three of those schools for sure and if Michigan offers me, that's another school I would like to visit.
"Washington likes me as an athlete, Oregon and UCLA have both said receiver. I really like receiver right now, that's the position I've played the longest and where I would like to play in college. I know I still need to work on the little things like running cleaner routes, my releases and just being smoother but it's coming along."
A year ago, USC seemed to be the team to beat for Owens but that no longer appears to be the case.
"I'm still talking with USC but I'm not thinking about them as much as the other schools right now," Owens said. "They like me as an athlete and haven't really said what side of the ball they prefer me for but Coach Heyward, the DB coach is the one recruiting me and at Junior Day, I didn't get to tall to any of the offensive coaches.
"Right now, I'm in no hurry to make a decision and just want to play the process out. If I get invited to one of the All-American games, I could commit then but if not, I'll just take all my trips and wait it out until I really feel ready.
"The main things I'm looking for in a school are a great relationship with the coaches, a campus that feels like home and where I'll be comfortable at, a place where I can play early at and then what position they want me for. Once I feel good about all those things, I'll go ahead and make my decision."