Offensive Line Recruiting
Mcdonough (Ga.) Eagle’s Landing Christian offensive lineman Zechariah Owens made his second trip to Florida State on Saturday, April 2. The 6-foot-6, 345-pound mauler is one of FSU’s top targets among the offensive line in the class of 2023.
On the visit, Owens was able to observe the Seminoles’ second spring scrimmage, discuss education, have individual conversations with both offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Alex Atkins and head coach Mike Norvell, and get a photoshoot wearing the garnet and gold before finalizing the trip.
“It was good,” said Owens of the visit. “I had a good time. Just experiencing the coaches first-hand. Last time I was here, I came up to the camp, so I didn’t talk to the coaches too much, but now I feel like I’ve built a strong relationship with them today.”
Owens expanded on the connection he shares with Atkins, who is his primary recruiter at FSU.
“Day-by-day we get closer but more and more he’s starting to become like a father figure in my life, and that’s something I really look for in coaches,” said Owens.
Owens is rated as the 90th overall prospect and the 10th best offensive tackle prospect in his class by the 247Sports Composite rankings. Owens said FSU is recruiting him as a guard with the intention of developing into a tackle.
As far as the scrimmage, Owens described what stood out to him in the action he observed.
“I already knew Florida State was an aggressive team but just seeing them in live action, up close on the sideline, it was just a great experience,” said Owens. “I see how they are a very fast-paced team which reminds me of my school, so that’s something that I would want to be a part of.”
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“I would say no.2,” revealed Owens. “I’ve got Clemson at no.1, Florida State at no.2, then Alabama at no.3.”
“Just me getting that ‘at home’ feeling from here that I haven’t felt from anywhere else,” said Owens when asked what improved FSU’s standing with him. “With Florida State, there is just something different.”
“It’s the atmosphere that they surround all the players with. It’s not an ‘I have to be here’ attitude – it’s an ‘I get to be here’ attitude, and every single player on the sideline had that, so I can know just going off the way they practiced today, that there is something special about this school.”
With top schools battling for the commitment of the massive lineman, Owens revealed what he values most in his future college of choice.
“It’s really just relationships,” said Owens. “The school could be trash, shoot, I’ll go anywhere, it does not matter, if you’ve got the best relationship with me, and I know I’m going to play on the field in one or two years, I just want to have the best relationship with anybody, so I feel comfortable with the school where I’ll spend the next 3-4 years.”
He does not have a date selected, but Owens plans to return to FSU for another visit at some point.