"I had seven offers in all, including Vanderbilt," said Owens. "In the end I just knew Vandy was the right place for me. I visited the school unofficially while I was camping there and everything just went great. I was impressed with the coaches and all they had to offer. It wasn't really a very tough decision."
Owens runs the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds and translated his athletic ability into solid, consistent performance in 2006. He recorded nearly 90 tackles and two interceptions for Springtown, en route to establishing himself as one of the top safeties in Texas.
"I just like to hit," he laughed. "That's what I enjoy most on the field. Whether I'm playing up against the run or back in coverage, I love hitting. I love the contact in football. I'm not going to shy away frmo any of it. I'll do whatever the coaches ask me to do, and I'll do whatever it takes to get on the field."
Owens said the Vanderbilt staff has not told him whether they plan on redshirting him or giving him the opportunity to play early when he arrives in 2008.
"I've seen some of the other schools and they really weren't as impressive as Vanderbilt was. I'm not going to change my mind on this. I'm definitely solid in my decision."
Al Owens Profile