July 20, 2011
Owens talks Orange verbal
June and July has been a busy couple of months for Syracuse when it comes to commitments. After Tashon Whitehurst made his commitment though it looked like the Orange might be done for the summer, but last night they received another commitment from Palatka, Florida linebacker Leroy Owens.
"I picked Syracuse because education comes first and they have one of the top percentages of graduating players and they have a good education plan there. When I talked to my recruiting coach Jimmy Brumbaugh I grew a bond that was like a father and son. He told me things about Syracuse that I didn't even know. I think Syracuse will show me how to take on important responsibilities and I feel that I can fit in well with their defense."
For Owens it did not take long to commit after the Syracuse offer came in and it was a lot of online research that helped lead to his commitment.
"After I got offered like a month ago I needed time to think and do my homework my research on such a great school and after talking to all the important people in my life I figured today was the day I would make my choice," Owens said. "My most defining moment was when I sat down on the computer and was researching on Syracuse and I saw the great players that came through Syracuse and the Syracuse pride that all the sports and students share. I knew that it was the place for me."
On Rivals.com Owens is listed as an outside linebacker, but he can play inside or out.
"I play both middle and outside linebacker so it wouldn't matter where they put me at," Owens said. "I am 6-foot-4, 200 pounds with long arms and I can move quick from sideline to sideline, I play threw the whistle and never never give up. I'm a form tackler because I feel that players who go for the big hits tend to miss a lot of tackles so I work on squaring up and tackling right."
Now that Syracuse is the school he will be attending he has some expectations for his new team.
"I expect for them to dominate the Big East and have all of the seniors graduate."
With Syracuse showing early interest and offering Owens they beat out a few programs that were coming late to the party.
"Arkansas, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee, and Iowa have been showing me a lot of interest."
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