When senior WR Christian Owens (6-5 210) of Griffin, GA decommitted from Georgia earlier this month, he quickly declared a commitment to USC then backtracked from the pledge saying he needed to make his official visit first. He made that visit over the weekend and before leaving on Sunday afternoon he formally committed to Steve Spurrier.
“I just really think it’s a blessing,” Owens said. “I just really appreciate coach Spurrier giving miss the opportunity to showcase my talents and allow me to commit early. It’s just a blessing and I’m excited and ready to get to work.
Like any receiver, Owens wants to be where they throw the ball. He’s watched the Gamecocks and knows Spurrier’s reputation, so he feels the Gamecock offense will suit him just fine.
“I believe the South Carolina offense is pretty good and I’ll be able to come right in and learn the offense, the ins and outs, and be able to showcase my talents,” Owens said. “I feel like the coaches are good enough coaches and good at what they do to put me in the right position to be able to make plays for South Carolina football.”
Owens will be a January enrollee and he’s hopeful of being an early contributor. He’s not opposed to redshirting if necessary but his goal is to play right way.
“I feel like once I get there I’ll be working hard and I’ll have a head start on the people coming in my class,” he said. “The door is open and the opportunity is there.”
Owens’ season is ongoing. As a junior he had 23 catches for 600 yards and 3 touchdowns. He believes his size is a big asset and helps to make him a dangerous receiver.
“Getting north and south once I catch the ball and yards after the catch,” he identified as his strengths. “Very good with my hands. I’m playing the slot and I’m very good at getting defenders’ hands off of me. And I like to think I’ve got a good ability for high-pointing the ball in the air.”
Owens gives the Gamecocks 28 newcomers for 2015 including the holdovers from the 2014 class and he gives the Gamecocks four receiver commitments.