Ernest Owusu gets hometown offer

Princeton (N.J.) Hun School and former Father Ryan defensive end Ernest Owusu has recently picked up offers #16 and #17, and true to the flavor of his geographically diverse recruitment, they span both coasts.

The big splash hit close to his home in Brentwood (Tenn.) when the Vanderbilt Commodores came calling. The local school were who he wanted to offer a year ago when he was a senior at Father Ryan High School, but Owusu was instead armed with just Division I-AA scholarships and opted for the prep route at Hun School. Now he has the option to attend school and play next door to his family.

"Vanderbilt is close to home, and it is something that I really wanted to get since around this time last year. I have already scheduled a visit for the 19th," Owusu informs us. "Distance is not really a problem, but it'd be nice to be home."

Though he says that Stanford and Washington remain his top two favorites, watch out for Vandy. The offer is new, and there is some ground for the SEC suitor to make up. But once Owusu is comfortable with the Commodores, they could take a leadership position.

"I can't really put them as my top favorite because I don't really know much about the players and how they are treated at school, but I am really high on them because it's close to home," Owusu admits. "My parents are excited, too, because I wanted [a Vanderbilt offer] badly last year but I didn't get it."

The 6'4.5" 245-pound pass rusher is sandwiched today between a pair of Pac-10 official visits, seeing the Washington Huskies this past weekend and returning to the West Coast again in a few days to check out the Stanford Cardinal. Owusu may have a third trip across the country later this month now that he has picked up a third Pac-10 offer from the Cal Bears.

"I also wanted a Cal offer, too," he maintains. "I do not want to rush and go make my last official [visit] yet, but Cal is for sure in the running."

Owusu took his first official visit in December to Minnesota.

He says that his newly updated favorites are Stanford, Washington, Cal, Louisville, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt. Top Stories