But now the 2018 prospect is emerging as the next big man from O'Dowd to watch. And along with four-star athlete, Jevon Holland, has given the Dragons another pair of prospects for schools to swing through Oakland to see.
Owens has three offers early on, two from the Pac-12 and one from a school across the Bay.
New offensive line coach Hank Fraley is also recruiting Owens, though he said McClure has done most of the initial contact, given his region.
A familiar face at San Jose State is recruiting Owens.
"Coach (Alonzo) Carter is recruiting me from San Jose State," said Owens.
Carter is a former coach in Oakland who went on to success at Contra Costa College and is one of the most well-known coaches in the East Bay and Carter quickly went to work on Owens.
At Oregon State, Dave Baldwin, the Beavers' offensive coordinator, is recruiting Owens.
Playing basketball for O'Dowd is keeping Owens busy this spring.
"I'm playing basketball and I'm doing track, the shot and discus, this spring, so I'm still undecided on which camps I'll do but I will probably attend a few camps. I'm just going to consult with my coach before I do," said Owens.
Owens isn't in any kind of rush to make a decision.
"I don't have a top five so far, but if I had to choose, the three schools that have offered me are the top three, so I'm not sure about the other two spots," said Owens. "My favorite schools as a kid were always the big schools like UCLA, Oregon, Stanford and USC but as I got older, I have gained interest in schools like Oregon State, LSU and really all of the Pac-12."
Owens said schools are recruiting him strictly for the offensive line.
"I am being recruited for offensive tackle but there are some small mentions of playing guard," said Owens.