Owusu has two west coast trips planned

It's a rarity for the University of Washington to pull players from a prep school back east, but they've already reeled in one from The Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey and they're closing in on two more as well. DE Ernest Owusu is a player that the Huskies have quietly pursued for a while and he's planning official visits to his two favorite schools very soon.

"I'm coming up to Washington on January 5th," Owusu told Dawgman.com. "I've also got a trip scheduled for Stanford the next weekend and that's it for right now."

Owusu prepped at Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tennessee and received scholarship offers from Tennessee State and Austine Peay, but decided to head to the Hun School to garner some D-1 interest.

"Brown told me they would have a spot for me too, but I wanted to play at the highest level, so I thought going to The Hun would allow me to develop another year physically and then have a chance to go somewhere bigger and play," Owusu said.

In his only season at The Hun, Owusu put up 60 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, eight sacks and also had an interception from his defensive end position.

"I never give up," Owusu said. "Coaches have told me that they love how I never quit and that if something doesn't work, I'll try something different next time I go at it.

"A lot of the coaches said they expect me to get to around 265 or 270 and they like my strength as well."

Owusu boasts a solid frame (6-4, 245) and impressive athleticism – a 4.8 forty time, a 375 pound bench press and a 490 pound squat. "I take pride in my workouts and want to just get stronger and better," Owusu said. "I love to learn and get better. Besides hitting people, that's what makes football fun."

So what is it that is attracting Owusu to Washington?

"I love coach (Tyrone) Willingham," Owusu said. "He's a great man and a great coach. I have nothing but respect for him.

"He stopped by our school back at the beginning of December and sat and talked with me and Greg Tomczyk for a little while and he just seems to care about his players and winning so much. That was really impressive to me.

"Greg is coming out on January 5th with me too."

Owusu also said he's done a little research regarding Washington's medical school.

"I want to major in medicine and Washington has an incredible med school," Owusu said. "They're graduate and undergraduate schools were really impressive and that is a big deal to me."

Washington and Stanford are Owusu's early leaders, but he said he's open to everyone right now.

"Those are the two I'm focusing on the most," Owusu said. "I'm just going to take those two visits and see where I feel the most comfortable. Both of them have great academics and both have needs at my position, so it really comes down to how I fit in with the other players and the coaches."

Owusu also mentioned that current Washington commit Austin Sylvester, a Hun teammate, has been recruiting him to join him on the Huskies' roster.

"He's been working me pretty good," Owusu said with a laugh. "He wants me to come out there and play with him and he's told me a lot about the school and said he thinks I'd really like it out there. I'm really looking forward to getting out there and visiting it for myself."

Owusu said there is a chance that he could graduate early and make it to campus for spring ball, but said he thinks he'll end up staying in New Jersey until May and then head to whichever school he commits to in June.

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