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April 7, 2011 at 11:01 AM

More on UW commit Tairen Owens

While much of the attention on UW’s early recruiting efforts for the Class of 2012 has been focused on in-state players such as Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist and Lakes OL Zach Banner, the first commitment came late last month from running back Tairen Owens of Muir.

He remains at the moment the only commitment for the Class of 2012, so I thought I’d get ahold of his coach, Ken Howard, and learn a little more about Owens and his commitment.

First, here is some video of Owens:

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Howard said UW was the first Pac-10 school to offer Owens, and that Owens leapt at the chance both to play in the conference and at Washington’s offer to play running back, and possibly have a chance to compete for playing time his freshman season.

Conventional wisdom is that Chris Polk will be gone to the NFL following the 2011 season, leaving a void at the top of UW’s depth chart. Johri Fogerson is also a senior (at the moment, there has been no decision made on an appeal for a redshirt season for 2011). So that would leave UW with three tailbacks in 2012 — Jesse Callier, Deontae Cooper and Bishop Sankey. Obviously, every school wants to go into a season with more than three scholarship tailbacks, so it made sense UW would go after a tailback or two in this class.

While Owens is listed at 5-9, 165, Howard said he thinks Owens has room to grow and said he might be more in the 170-175-pound range now.

But he also said UW coaches were looking for a smaller, quicker running back.

“They said they wanted a smaller back, a faster back that can move a little bit,” Howard said.

Owens rushed for 822 yards on just 107 carries last year for Muir, displaying breakaway capability. He also scored 10 touchdowns.

Howard said to expect all those numbers to increase this season as Owens could get a lot more of the workload.

“We’re going to give him the ball,” he said. “What he does with it after that is up to him.”

Howard was glowing in his praise of what Owens brings to a football team.

“He’s an awesome kid and he works hard, very coachable,” Owens said. “He loves the sport and he’s a true athlete.”

Owens also plays cornerback at Muir but Howard said UW coaches were clear that Owens would be brought to Washington with the idea of being a tailback.

What also helped bring Owens to UW is Husky assistant coach Demetrice Martin, who also is a graduate of Muir High.

Martin’s efforts at Muir this season are far from done as that school also boasts one of the top-rated cornerbacks on the West Coast this year in Kevon Seymour.

Howard said Seymour is hearing from a number of schools and is in no rush to make a decision, In fact, he said he recently was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next January and may not announce until then.

He said, somewhat ominously for UW fans, that “he really loves Oregon. He loves the Ducks.” Interestingly, Oregon is one of the few Pac-10 schools that has yet to offer Seymour.



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