Vanderbilt hosts 2017 local prospect Rodney Owens

Before the Commodores headed off to South Carolina, on Thursday they hosted Rodney Owens, Jr on campus for an unofficial visit and the local standout came away with a great impression.

Coming from local high school power Ensworth School, Owens, Jr is a 2017 safety that is quietly making a name for himself. He is having a big junior campaign and his performance on the field has led to interest from multiple college programs across the country.

Vanderbilt was the first school to show interest in Owens, Jr. On Thursday the 6’1 190 pound defensive back made his way to West End and there wasn’t one thing about his visit that he did not like.

“It was a fun visit for me. To be honest, I really loved it,” Owens, Jr said.

School was out on Thursday at Ensworth, so Owens, Jr., had the opportunity the spend a lot of time at Vanderbilt and he was able to take in just about everything the Dores have to offer except for an actual football game.

“I was able to see all the facilities and everything they had looked great. I took a tour of the weight room, the indoor practice field and most of the coaches offices. I got the chance to talk with all the coaches and they are some really great people. The last thing I did was sit down and personally talk with Coach (Marc) Mattoli. It was a real good conversation and I got the feeling he was very impressed with me. Overall, it was a great visit and plan to be back again.”

Owens, Jr was the only recruit on campus for Thursday, so he got the chance to spend a lot of one on one time with the staff.

The trip over to Vanderbilt according to Owens, Jr went great but there were a few things about his visit to stood out over others.

“The weight room was awesome. I really like how they use technology to track their players development and customize workouts for each individual player, “ he said. “I also really liked how I got to go through the team’s walk through practice. Seeing them get ready for South Carolina was cool. They seemed focused and I excited to watch them play this weekend.”

The Commodores or anyone else have yet to offer Owens, Jr but he thinks the feedback he received from Vandy coaching staff, gives him hope for an offer somewhere down the road.

“After talking with Coach Mattoli and the other coaches, I believe they think highly of me and just want to continue to see my game progress. They told they were going to talk about an offer for me and it would likely come after the season or they may want to bring me to camp to see me in person, then they may offer. Either way I’m okay with it because I am very high on Vanderbilt. They are my hometown school and it would be an honor to play for them.”

Other than the Commodores, Owens, Jr is also receiving interest from Tennessee, Kentucky, MTSU and a few other smaller programs.

The Nashville native has already taken in a visit at Tennessee and this weekend, Owens, Jr will be back to Vanderbilt to see them play against Missouri.

“I will be at the Missouri game and I am excited about seeing them play in person and especially watch that defense,” he said. “Their defense looks great so far. It should be a good game, so I thankful to attend.”


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