Playing in his first year, Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy junior Jayson Oweh was selected second team Mid-Atlantic Prep League honors.
Because of Oweh’s newness to the game, different colleges see the 6-6, 240-pound prospect in a couple different ways. When tight end coach Mickey Turner came across him, the third-year assistant coach saw a prospect who can develop in the Wisconsin offense.
“The fact that they are recruiting me at tight end really means something,” Oweh told BadgerNation after picking up his Wisconsin offer. “I feel like I can do a lot on the offensive side, not just the defensive side.”
“(Wisconsin) means a lot,” Oweh added. “I feel like that’s my first really big offer besides Louisville.”
Some of Oweh’s other offers include Boston College, Dartmouth, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Temple. Oweh plays high school football a couple minutes from Rutgers campus and was once lightly recruited by the Scarlet Knights’ basketball staff.
Although he’s a two-way player, Oweh primarily plays as a blocking tight end on offense and finished with 43 tackles, seven sacks and five tackles for loss at the end spot. In order to impress schools, Oweh made sure to include some route running and pass catching on the highlight tape he distributed. That caught the eye of Turner.
“He just liked how athletic I was, given that it was my first season,” Oweh said. “He liked how I catch with my hands, not my body, and just liked my body for the position. It helps a lot, actually, that he’d be my position coach.”
Although only in contact with the Badgers for a week before they offered, Oweh feels he has a good grasp on the Wisconsin program.
“I know a bunch of things about Wisconsin,” he admitted. “I know JJ Watt went there, so they can produce some great players. I know they are power team in the Big Ten because Rutgers was telling me about them. It’s a big-time program, so I was ecstatic when they offered.”