NCF On The Trail: Tyree Owens

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

November, 4, 2013

Texas Tech and West Virginia each scored verbal commitments from athletes in the 2014 class, and in case you didn’t get the memo: Texas is relevant again. Wins tend to make people forget the immediate past.

There were several other updates from Big 12 programs from the weekend, including one 2015 athlete landing his third Big 12 offer. Here are some of the highlights:

College football is finally upon us, which means it's time to take a look at the happenings in the Big 12. Two games will take place in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex -- Texas Tech traveling to Dallas to face SMU on Aug. 30, and TCU taking on LSU at Cowboys Stadium on Aug. 31 -- will be crawling with recruits. Here’s a look at the rest of the Big 12 storylines:

Huge week for TCU
There won’t be many games across the country that garner more attention this weekend than TCU’s “home game” against LSU at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. It’s a golden opportunity for Gary Patterson and his program to begin the year with a statement victory and show recruits the type of attention and results they can receive by committing to TCU. The list of visitors won’t be fully known until Saturday at game-time, but you can bet it will be extensive. A few big names have already said they’ll be in attendance in addition to all of TCU’s commitments. They include ESPN 300 DE Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/Martin), ESPN 300 DE Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell), ESPN 300 offensive guard Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South) and three-star Minnesota OG commitment Connor Mayes (Van Alstyne, Texas/Van Alstyne). ESPN Junior 300 DT Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater) and ESPN Junior 300 safety Larry Pryor (Sulphur Springs, Texas/Sulphur Springs) will be there as will Class of 2016 running back Kameron Martin (Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial). He has offers from Akron, Baylor and Texas Tech, and has visited LSU twice.

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West Virginia lands three prospects

July, 31, 2013

Defensive end Tyree Owens (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo) and pair of offensive tackles -- Jamie Herr (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian) and Walter Rauterkus (Avon, Ohio/Avon) -- each committed this week to West Virginia, according to multiple reports.

Owens, a 6-foot-4, 236-pound prospect, selected the Mountaineers over scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Eastern Illinois, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Marshall, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Troy, Virginia, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

He posted an electronically-timed 4.88 40-yard dash, 4.62 20-yard shuttle, 32.5-inch vertical, 34-foot power throw and 81.78 SPARQ this spring at a Nike combine.

"West Virginia had the best family feel," Owens told the Orlando Sentinel. "When I got there (on a visit this past weekend) they welcomed me with open arms and it was everything I could have hoped for... just great the whole time I was there."

Herr, one of many FBS prospects from Eastern Christian Academy, was also offered by Boston College, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Temple. He's 6-5 and 265 pounds.

Ohio was Rauterkus' only other scholarship offer. Programs including Ball State, Bowling Green, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue also recruited the 6-6, 285-pound prospect.

West Virginia's 2014 class is at 11 players.