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College Football Recruiting: Stanford adds Oaks Christian WR Francis Owusu

At the end of the 2011 college football season, Stanford lost a great wide receiver to the NFL ranks. That wide receiver was senior standout Chris Owusu.

After Owusu’s departure, it seemed as though a hole was left in the middle of the Cardinal wide receiver corps. In hopes of filling that void, Stanford found the next best thing to Owusu: his brother.

On Monday, June 18, the Stanford coaching staff received a commitment from Oaks Christian wide receiver Francis Owusu, the younger brother of Chris. Measuring in at 6’3’’, 195 pounds, Owusu is a talented athlete who could help ease the pain that was felt when the older Owusu graduated.

Even with offers from top schools such as Florida, Nebraska, Oregon State, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin, the California native chose to follow on his big brothers footsteps by giving his commitment to Stanford.

Although it’s unclear right now as to whether Owusu will ever be able to fill his brother’s shoes as a dynamic playmaker for the Cardinal, it’s a promising pick up for Stanford. Owusu, a four-star prospect, is the No. 5 ranked receiver in the state of California and No. 244 player overall according to ESPN.com.

Owusu is the fourth commitment that the Cardinal have received for the Class of 2013. All four of those players are ranked in the ESPN Top 300.

During his junior season at Oaks Christian, Owusu hauled in 35 passes for 705 yards and eight touchdowns.

If he can become anything close to the player that his older brother was, Owusu will be a terrific addition to the Stanford passing attack when the 2013 season arrives.

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