Oviedo defensive end Tyree Owens was pretty sure he was going to commit to West Virginia leading up to his visit to Morgantown for the Mountaineers camp this past weekend.
But if he had any reservations, they were quickly put to rest for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect, who made his WVU commitment official Monday night via the Sentinel’s live webcast.
“The visit made me feel a lot better,” Owens said. “Even my mom [Hakim Dupree-Paul, left] felt a whole lot better about letting her baby go. I think mom saw how happy I was, and she felt a lot better knowing those coaches and seeing how they treated me like I was one of their own kids.
“I never expected to commit the first day I was here, but they just had me from the first day.”
He told the coaches Friday and revealed to the rest of the college football world Monday night.
“West Virginia had the best family feel,” said Owens, who picked the Mountaineers over Georgia Tech and Iowa State. “When I got there this weekend they welcomed me with open arms and it was everything I could have hoped for … just great the whole time I was there.”
For Owens, who has blossomed into a blue-chip recruit after just two seasons of organized football, has nothing but upside to his future. The long, athletic rush end, who is ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Sentinel's 2014 Central Florida Super60 and No. 50 player in the Sentinel's 2014 Florida Top 100, was the second leading tackler for the 11-2 Lions last season. He had 78 tackles, including six sacks.
"I feel way better. Now I can enjoy my senior season knowing that I have another home somewhere," Owens said afterward.
West Virginia was his first offer and that also meant a lot to the New Jersey native, who moved to Florida prior to his freshman year in high school. His academic focus will be in physical therapy.
“They have two hospitals there so that will be a big benefit and I’ll be able to do my internship right there on campus,” he said. “Overall, it’s just a great school a great team, a great stadium and I loved everything about the campus.”
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.