Class of ’09 Profile: Harrisonburg RB Alex Owah

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Harrisonburg (VA) running back Alex Owah is one of the top in-state prospects in the 2009 recruiting class. A 3-year starter for head coach Tim Sarver, the 5-11, 170-pound Owah turned in a fine 2007 performance, rushing for 1,854 yards and 25 touchdowns in 13 games. He flashed speed, toughness and outstanding running ability in leading a young Harrisonburg squad to a 9-4 overall record and an appearance in the Division 4, Region 3 playoffs.

What makes Owah’s 2007 output all the more impressive was the fact that Harrisonburg lost 10 offensive starters from the previous season.

“I think there is a class of kids that just have special skills, and Alex is in there,” Sarver said. “He has speed and balance. He can run inside and outside. He is only 170 pounds now, but we run in the I-formation most of the time. He is a tough kid. There have been cases where he has taken shots and had to come out of games, but he has always bounced back. There were some situations this year where he left the game only to return and help us win late.”

Owah is an outstanding overall athlete. At the NUC Ultimate 100 Camp earlier this year, Owah ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and posted a 32-inch vertical leap. His natural athleticism and speed helped him to become a starter at running back his freshman year. And, as a sophomore in 2006, he rushed for over 2,000 yards including regular season and playoffs.

“I think we realized how good he was when he was in our middle school program,” Sarver said. “He has nice balance. Alex runs a legit low 4.4’s in the 40. He has proven that once he gets the ball out in the open he is tough to catch.”

Speed and athleticism are tremendous assets, but keeping things simple is another reason why Owah has had tremendous success on the varsity football level.

“Alex just does his job,” Sarver said. “He goes where we tell him to run. We had a young offensive line this year, but he stayed with them. He is always quick to give the offensive line credit. He is a classy athlete.”

The University of Virginia has already extended a scholarship offer to the talented junior, who appears sure to draw more by the end of his junior year. According to Coach Sarver,