Visit Was the Best for Owusu

The Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver, Francis Owusu, talks about his official visit to Stanford, where he's been committed since June...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver Francis Owusu has been to Stanford numerous times over the years.

Whether it was to visit his brother Chris, a former Cardinal receiver now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or his own unofficial visits to the Farm, Owusu couldn't count how many times he's visited his future school.

But his official visit this weekend to Stanford turned out to be the most memorable trip he's ever made to the school.

"It was probably the best visit up there I've had," said Owusu. "I had a great time and just saw so many things. We spent a lot of time with the recruits, and the coaches really wanted us all together. Kodi Whitfield was my host and we just hung out a lot with Alex Carter and Zach Hoffpauir."

Owusu committed to Stanford in June and never wavered in his verbal to the Cardinal.

Instead, he's built a good relationship with the other incoming recruits, and enjoyed the opportunity to be around many of them over the weekend.

"Most of the guys, I've known and developed a really good relationship with," said Owusu. "Sean Barton, Kevin Palma, mostly all of the guys, we're all really happy that we came the same weekend to build a stronger relationship."

Owusu also got a chance to meet with head coach David Shaw at length as well as offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

"I talked with Coach Shaw and Coach Hamilton for a while and it went really well," said Owusu. "Coach Shaw, just knowing him and talking to him, he's the right coach for Stanford. He gets Stanford football and throughout the past year, once he gets into football, there is no stopping him."

Owusu said that the talk about Pep Hamilton going to the NFL as a potential offensive coordinator doesn't worry him too much, though he much prefers he stays in college.

"I love Coach Hamilton and what he brings to the table," said Owusu. "It would be sad if he went to the NFL, but if he leaves, he has to do what's best for him. But if he stays, that's a shining light for the program."

Owusu was admitted into Stanford early in the fall, and hasn't had to deal with the stress of waiting for word on his standing.

"I got admitted during the fall, so it was really nice," said Owusu. "I knew when I committed it wasn't a done deal. I still had to keep my grades up. So I was really happy about that when I got admitted."

Owusu saw first-hand the Stanford program improve over the years, his brother in Jim Harbaugh's first full-recruiting class in 2008. His brother was also part of their 2010 Orange Bowl and 2011 Fiesta Bowl teams.

But even he was surprised with how things went this year in the first year without Andrew Luck, his brother, and several other players now in the NFL.

"To be honest, it came as a little bit of a surprise with how well they did," said Owusu. "I've seen this team, from where my brother was as a freshman and they lost a big class, but they were just a different team. They're built for the long run."

And Owusu is excited to be a part of that future, one Shaw emphasized isn't done.

"I think he made it pretty clear, especially after this visit, that they can go and win a national championship," said Owusu. "I'm really happy that I'm going to Stanford because my top goal is to win a national championship."

Owusu said while he didn't get a chance to meet quarterback Kevin Hogan, he's excited about playing with him.

"Even Chris didn't tell me much about Kevin before he came into the starting job, I guess they didn't really know he'd be the starter, but when you watch him and look at his film, you see how good he is and he was just a redshirt freshman," said Owusu. "I'm definitely looking forward to seeing some passes from him."

How soon Owusu gets on the field remains to be seen, but he thinks it could be sooner rather than later, especially with graduation taking five of their six leading pass-catchers, two of them receivers.

"I think I'll be able to play early," said Owusu. "It's going to be what I can do leading into the season that will give me a chance. I think what makes me different from other receivers is that I'm a little bit bigger than the usual receiver."

In the meantime, Owusu is finishing up his senior year, playing basketball for the Lions before he closes out his prep career with track.

"I don't think I'll do track in college," said Owusu. "I'm playing basketball and then I'll do track then take a little break before I go to Stanford. Last year, we made it to the last track meet, so if we go far again, there won't be much of a break, but if that happens I'll enjoy it."

Brandon is in his eighth year with, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the network since 2003.
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