The Miami Hurricanes took a major step forward in 2013 as they finally emerged from under the cloud of an NCAA investigation and qualified for a bowl game this December. Al Golden is committed to taking the U all the way back to the top of the ACC and college football in general and will be looking for key contributors to step up next season to keep the program moving forward. Darrion Owens, a member of Miami’s 2014 recruiting class, looks like he could be a major part of that process next fall.
The four-star recruit has been verbally committed since June and has used his senior season to really improve his game. Originally pegged as a safety, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Owens has filled out physically and developed the ability to rush the passer off of the edge as a linebacker. That versatility, along with his length, range, and downhill attacking style makes him a playmaker, particularly against the run, that can have an immediate impact at the next level in 2014.
There are concerns about his ability to drop into coverage, particularly from the linebacker spot, Owens has a nose for the football and for making plays on defense. That and his elite athleticism should earn him a role in the Miami defense next fall, even in a rotation or as a pass-rush specialist. His talents can’t be ignored and Miami will be looking for any way possible to get him onto the field to get them over the top in the ACC race next season.
While freshman are never a sure thing when making the transition from high school to college, Miami appears to have a good one coming in with Darrion Owens. Can he translate his elite talents to the next level and make an immediate impact on the Canes’ defense next fall?