Christian Owens was the first commitment for UGA’s 2015 football recruiting class, pledging to the Bulldogs more than 18 months ago.
A lot has happened at UGA with the WR position since Owens made his early decision. The Bulldogs now have commitments from at least five prospects who will play wide receiver in college, and they could add a sixth with Greater Atlanta Christian high school’s Darius Slayton.
Christian Owens is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound wide receiver from Griffin High School. Here are five questions with Owens:
- What’s the latest with recruiting? “I’m solid with UGA. I really haven’t been hearing anything from any other colleges, or anything like that. Really I’ve been focusing on my high school team and getting back to downtown Atlanta (to play in the state championship at the Georgia Dome).”
- What do you think about UGA getting all those other commitments at WR in this class? “I hear a lot about that from people all the time. ‘You know they’ve got this commitment? You know they’ve got that receiver?’ It really doesn’t bother me because no matter what school you go to, you’re going to have competition. For example, when I was freshman at Locust Grove High School, my cousin went to Griffin High School and he told me how they needed receivers. Although they had legit receivers, they just weren’t catching balls like they were supposed to. My cousin told me ‘Chris, you need to move here. You’ll start.’ They had a lot of receivers, and they were good receivers. I did end up going to Griffin and when I got there, I had to work hard for playing time. I’m not scared of competition. I actually like competition. It brings out the best in me. I end up doing stuff that I didn’t think I could really do. I really like competition. I’m not really worried about Georgia having that many receivers committed.”
- What do you think about Rivals.com listing you as a tight end rather than a wide receiver in its rankings? “At first, I really didn’t like it. But at the same time, I feel like it’s a lot easier to get into the league as a tight end. And it will be a lot easier for me to just flow into that hybrid tight end position because that’s kind of what I do now in high school. So I don’t really have a problem with whatever people categorize me as. I know what I can do. I know what I do. So it doesn’t matter.”
- Is UGA recruiting you as a tight end? “No, that’s just Rivals. I’m being recruited by (UGA assistant Tony) Ball, and he’s always called me a receiver. He has always told me receiver. Actually, I was on track to put on more weight this year because my high school coach told me I should get up to around 225 pounds before I leave Griffin. But Coach Ball was telling me to stay around to 205 because that will make me more explosive. Georgia has never mentioned tight end to me.”
- Your cousin and Griffin teammate, Jordan Colbert, and you have often talked about playing together in college. He committed to Auburn over UGA and Florida State. Do you think the Bulldogs can change his mind? “I mean, I honestly think it’s done. I honestly think it’s done because I haven’t heard that Georgia has reached out to him lately. I’m pretty sure that’s done. But I do hope that Georgia goes after my other cousin, Brandon Berry. I’ve brought him up to Athens a couple of times. Coach (Rocker) was talking to him, and start looking at his film. He’s getting some looks now from Georgia Tech. He’s a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior defensive end from Griffin.”
Owens is rated as a 4-star and the state’s No. 29 overall prospect.