May 28, 2009

Busy summer for Alabama linebacker

This time last year LaDarius Owens had no idea he would be one of the most sought after prospects in the state of Alabama.

In fact, Owens was just thankful to be playing football at all. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker missed all of his sophomore season but has some elite programs lining up after a breakout junior campaign.

"I've been surprised by all the attention because last year was my first year to finally get out there and play," Owens said. "I was ineligible my sophomore year because I wasn't in the school zone and you can't play at the school unless you are in the zone. When I finally got out there it was exciting because it was my first year to play high school ball. I really didn't expect it to be like this. I expected a couple of smaller schools but not like this."

Owens currently has offers on the table from Mississippi State, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Many of these schools came by Jess Lanier High School during the spring to see him in person.

"I had a good spring and a lot of came through and saw me play in our game against Pelham," Owens said. "A lot of the coaches were impressed more than I was. Now I'm just getting ready to go see a lot of the schools I haven't seen yet. I've been staying mostly instate so I'm going to take some unofficial visits to check out campuses and meet coaches."

Owens stated that he plans on visiting Auburn, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, Alabama, Florida State, Southern Miss, Clemson and possibly Ole Miss during the summer.

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