April 4, 2013

Bruising Jersey RB enjoys time at MSU

It is no secret that Michigan States likes big, physical running backs. The past few days the player many view as the top "big-back" in that nation was in East Lansing. SpartanMag.com has the details.

Le'Veon Bell, Jehuu Caulcrick, TJ Duckett, to say Michigan State likes running backs that can demoralize a defense is an understatement. For the class of 2014 Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff see Gerlad Owens of West Deptford High School in New Jersey as having the potential to be the next in line. We spoke with him about his time in East Lansing.

"The visit to Michigan State was great, Owens said. It was fun and a learning experience. The coaches there are friendly and they seem like they are very caring."

The 6-foot-2, 248-pound Owens was offered a scholarship by Michigan State early on in the recruiting process. He also holds offers from teams such as South Carolina, Wisconsin, Boston College, Rutgers and Temple. Rivals.com ranks Owens as a 3-star recruit and he will likely be the #1 fullback in the nation when they release the position rankings.

The last two seasons Owens has ran over the local competition to the tune of over 3000-yards and 50 touchdowns. He helped West Deptford to o a 12-0 record and the Group II State Championship.

Owens spent the last two days on campus so he was able to get a good feel about the University and the football program. We asked him what stood out about the Spartans?

"I spoke with a lot of good people while I was there so I was able to get a feel for the program. I really liked learning about the academic support they have there and everyone made me feel comfortable."

Owens' goal is to someday play on Sunday's, but he also knows the value of getting his college degree. He traveled to Michigan State with his father and they made sure they took a close look at all aspects of the Spartan experience both academically and athletically.

As far as making his college choice, Owens indicated he is not in a hurry, but he also understands the value of being able to focus on his senior season and helping recruit other top players to the school of his choice.

"I will probably make my decision either before or during my senior season. The most important thing for me is going to a place with a family atmosphere."

Getting Owens on campus this early is a indication of the strong level of mutual interest between the Spartans and Owens. It is very likely that the staff will look to host him and his family again this summer before his season gets underway.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Owens over the coming months. You can be sure that Michigan State will be stopping into West Deptford High School during the May Evaluation Period.

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