Spartans Powerful 2014 RB Commit Gerald Owens is Ready to Rumble in Green and White
Gerald Owens out of West Deptford High School in Westville New Jersey is BIG man. Blessed with a running style reminiscent of Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, the 6-2 nearly 250 pound bruiser became was one of most coveted prospects in the nation, receiving offers from Florida State, South Carolina, and Wisconsin, just to name a few.
Realizing his unique talent and potential for greatness in the Big Ten, Michigan State showed him love early on in the recruiting process and as a result, Owens is headlining a talented 2014 Spartan recruiting class that will soon be heading to East Lansing.
Despite his great skillset, there have been questions as to where exactly Owens will end up on the field during his time at MSU. Because of his large size, many have wondered if he will transition from running back to full back in college. During an Interview on Spartan Nation Radio, Owens put that issue to bed. “As of right now” all the position coach have him on their depth charts as a running back “and the head coach says I’m a running back, so I’m a running back.”
Owens recalled how everything just seemed to click when he first met the MSU coaches involved in his recruitment. “From the first moment I met the coaches, everything went well. They were honest and they kept their word.” The Spartan coaches’ genuine respect and commitment to him as a person, not just player, stuck with Owens and played a significant role in his decision to attend MSU, despite his many scholarship offers elsewhere. “That’s what I like about all the coaches (at MSU), they care about you.”
During his interview, Owens expressed his excitement about starting his career at Michigan State and reuniting with his fellow “Spartan Dawgs” in the 2014 class. “The bond” among the 2014 recruits “started as soon as I committed” and while the players have communicated through a Facebook group message, Owens is ready to hit the field with his future teammates. “I am really looking forward to getting closer with them than I am already. I really can’t wait to get to play with them.”
Despite his great success as a football player, Owens has managed to remain humble. He leads a balanced life not totally dominated by football and understands that his performance off the field is equally as important as his play on the field.
Owens is aware that his behavior, good or bad, will be a reflection on his entire family. Deeply grateful for the many sacrifices his very supportive and “competitive” family has made for him during his life, Owen’s says he will not “jeopardize” his family’s name by his actions.
Instead, Owens wants to be known “as a great young man” who can serve “as a role model for the kids in my community who play football and look up to me.”
In school, Owens often seeks out fellow classmates who appear to be having rough days and tries to put a smile on their faces by showing them kindness or just talking to them for a while. His positive attitude and generosity toward others comes from a genuine desire “to see people happy.”
Owens’ great talent as a player and his integrity as a young man are valuable additions to the 2014 Spartan recruiting class and we here at Spartan Nation are extremely excited to watch him grow as both a player and a person during his career at MSU.