Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Interest in Peters Township's Owen growing by the day

Peters Township QB Cory Owen

The recruitment of Peters Township quarterback Cory Owen continues to heat up. Owen, who received his first Division I scholarship offer from Toledo on Feb. 1, has recently paid official visits to Ohio University, Boston College, Pitt and Penn State.

After passing for 501 yards and one touchdown and rushing for 762 yards with 10 more touchdowns, Owen’s stock has risen significantly. A three-year starter for the Indians, Owen can work as a pocket-passer or a dual-threat with the ability to throw on the run.

His visit to Ohio comes as no surprise. Scott Isphording, who was the first Toledo coach to express interest in Owen, joined the Bobcats’ coaching staff as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Look for an offer to come soon. The Mid-American Conference is becoming a spread offense-heavy league with schools recruiting dual-threat players to run their high scoring offenses.

That’s where Owen fits in. Facing some of the top competition in WPIAL Class AAAA, the 6-2 signal caller was able to extend the play and find the open receiver. Look for his passing stats to escalate in 2014 and for plenty of college recruiters to attend Peters Township’s games this fall.

The visits that intrigued me the most were Boston College and Penn State. The Eagles have been searching for a quarterback to fit head coach Steve Addazio’s scheme since he accepted the job following the 2012 season. Addazio, who is best-known for being the University of Florida’s offensive coordinator during the Tim Tebow era, loves opening up the offense with different packages that need a quarterback with the ability to work outside the pocket.

The Eagles should being building depth at the position. They did sign four-star dual-threat quarterback Darius Wade (Middletown, Del.), but after this coming season, they will only have two quarterbacks on the roster with only one having experience running the spread.

When I spoke to Owen in early February, he told me Pitt was looking at him to play defense, but Paul Chryst should consider him on offense. I know he is used to having a tall, strong armed guy leading his pro-style offense, but times are changing. It’s time for the Panthers to adapt.

I don’t know what to make of Penn State’s interest in Owen. James Franklin seems to be kicking the tires on a lot of WPIAL players and its unknown what type of offense he is looking to run. One thing is for certain: Owen will have several schools to choose from leading up to next year’s signing day.

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