East Carolina’s recruiting class of 2017 received a major boost on Sunday when one of the nation’s top junior college defensive ends committed to the Pirates.
Copiah-Lincoln (MS) Community College star Tyree Owens spurned offers from Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Southern Cal and a host of other suitors to pick the Pirates two days after a visit to the ECU campus.
Heavily recruited coming out of Ovieda High School in Florida two years ago, Owens inked with West Virginia but found his way to the juco ranks after being involved in an off-campus incident that resulted in a serious arm wound. He settled in at Copiah-Linclon under the tutelage of Jackie Sherrill disciple Glenn Davis and made a big enough impression to set off a renewed recruiting war among some of the top FBS programs in the country.
Rated three stars by 247sports.com, Owens is the nation’s eighth-ranked junior college defensive end according to CBS Sports. Owens had earlier verballed to Texas A&M before reopening his recruiting process in late November. He was reeled in by ECU defensive coordinator Kenwick Thompson.