With Florida’s spring high school football session coming to a close, Oviedo defensive end Tyree Owens has decided to zero in on a couple of colleges that have shown him the most attention during the early portion of his recruiting process.
West Virginia and Georgia Tech have risen to the top, separating themselves from the other 15 offers he has and Owens said he’s comfortable that these two will at least make his list of finalists, if not be his finalists.
His first offer came from West Virginia, so that will continue to be important to Owens, who’s main contact has been Mountaineers’ defensive line coach Erik Slaughter.
“They were the first team to actively do something and for a team to actually think I’m good enough to come play for them by offering me first, that’s always going to mean a lot to me,” Owens said. “Their coaches are awesome. The D-line coach is the one I talk to mainly and he’s awesome. He always makes me laugh and he’s a great coach.
“If I go up there, they are going to make me a better player and their team had a great season last year and I see them only getting better. I’m like one of their top recruits and that’s pretty awesome too.”
As for Georgia Teach, the Yellow Jackets, too, were on board early with Owens, the second school to offer the 6-foot-4, 256-pound rush end.
“I mostly talk to Lamar Owens [A-backs coach] up there and he’s a great guy,” Owens said. “Georgia Tech is a place where I have some family and so my mom will be able to come to games and can stay with our cousins.”
Being close to home could be a very important part of Owens’ recruitment. His mother, Hakim DuPree, is very active in the lives of both of her sons. Tyree has an older brother who works in the Orlando area.
“My mom has her own reasons for where she’d want me to go, but she also wants me to be happy and not just go somewhere where I’m going to be just a backup,” Owens said. “I also want to go to a place that has my major and where I’ll be treated right. No matter what I do, she’ll be behind me 100 percent. She has been a great help with all of this.
“I think it will be a bit hard on her for me to be away, but wherever I go, she’ll be there to watch me play. Mom always finds a way to do things.”
West Virginia and Georgia Tech are at the top of his list, but Owens is not shutting down the process.
“Right now I’m pretty happy with what I have and if more offers come in it will just be an added bonus,” he said. “I was planning on committing after the season, but now I think if I’m able to go on some visits over the summer I might be able to do that sooner.
“I don’t want to say I’m closing the doors on all the others schools, but these are the two I know most about and have been in contact with the most. That’s why they are at the top. Those are the two that stand out the most.”
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