Four-Star Wideout Sets Trip To See UW

One of the most well-put-together athletes we saw at last weekend's Las Vegas Pylon 7v7 was Clovis West (Fresno, Ca.) WR Darian Owens. The talented two-way athlete is getting recruited by several schools, including Washington, to play on either side of the ball and he told he's planning a trip to Seattle next month...

"I'm going up (to Seattle) for Washington's Junior Day on April 18th," Owens told "I've built a really strong relationship with the coaches up there, especially coach (Jordan) Paopao. He came into my school and checked in on me every couple of weeks. He got my transcripts and just said 'what's up' and checked up on me and most of the other schools that are interested in me didn't really do that."

"One thing he's told me is that if I end up at Washington, they won't waste my talent and they will play me on both sides of the ball if I can handle it."

While he wants the chance to play both ways in college, he said if there is one position he'd prefer over the other it's probably wide receiver.

"I've worked hard at receiver and it's what I put most of my effort into," Owens said. "I love playing DB, but receiver is fun because you get to have the ball in your hands and that's always fun."

As a junior this past season, Owens finished with 42 receptions for 613 yards and two scores.

In addition to his offer from the Huskies, Owens also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Fresno State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Washington State.

Most schools are looking at him as an athlete, but two have said they like him at receiver exclusively.

"Oregon and UCLA have both said they want me at receiver," Owens said. "Those two schools and Washington are the schools that are recruiting me the hardest right now."

Aside from his visit to Washington for their Junior Day on April 18th, Owens said he's got no plans currently to visit any other schools. Top Stories