October 10, 2009

Junior TE liked game experience

Charlotte (NC) Ardrey Kell TE Drew Owens is one of the Southeast's best for the junior class, and was in town Saturday afternoon for the Gamecocks' 28-26 victory over Kentucky.

"It was a really good game," said the 6-foot-5, 227-pound tight end. "Competition was high. It was a jam-packed game andthe fans were crazy."

Owens liked the performance of the USC offense, which looked impressive at times.

"The offense was good," he said. "They had some rough parts, but they got going when their running game got moving. Overall, it was a good game."

Coach Jay Graham is Owens' recruiter of record, and he got a chance to speak with the running backs coach while on campus.

"I talked to Coach (Jeep) Hunter and Coach Graham. They were just telling me they wanted me to come and that I could be a good fit in their offense."

Graham, who has proved himself to be a positive asset for USC on the recruiting trail thus far, has made an impression on the Tarheel State native.

"He's a great guy," Owens said of the first-year Gamecock coach. "He's funny and has a great personality. He's a good coach and seems really personable."

The Gamecocks' head coach spoke with the talented junior while he was on campus.

"I got to talk to him a little bit," he said of Steve Spurrier. He's a great coach. He knows what he's talking about and he's a legendary coach."

The facilities also impressed Owens.

"I looked at the weight room, the locker room, the meeting rooms and all that stuff. It was all top-notch, upper-class."

Owens claims four offers early in the process.

"ECU, North Carolina, Vandy, and South Carolina", he said when asked who had extended offers to him.

Owens added that he is also hearing from UCLA, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, and many others. There are two programs that stand out for him right now.

"I like UNC and South Carolina a lot out of the offers I have right now," he said. "I also like Miami, Florida State, Oregon, and UCLA."

Owens has one more visit on tap.

"I know on the 17th I'm going up to ECU for their homecoming; that's all I know right now," he said.

A return visit to South Carolina for the game against Clemson in November is also in the cards for Owens. He plans a decision next year.

"I want to make one (a decision) by summer of my senior year," he said. "I'm looking for education, a winning program and a chance to win bowl games, conference championships or national championships."

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