Does Standout TE Plan To Visit Virginia Tech?

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Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, N.C.) tight end Drew Owens reportedly scheduled an official visit to Virginia Tech for the weekend of October 16. caught up with the 6-5, 225-pound senior, who addressed his future visit plans and more in this latest update.

“I am set to take a visit to Virginia Tech on the 16,” Owens said. “I’m not sure if it will be an official visit or an unofficial visit yet.”

Owens has yet to speak with the Tech coaches over the phone this month, but he did say he continues to receive handwritten letters from primary recruiter Kevin Sherman. Tech currently sits on the outside of the standout senior’s top four, which includes Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State and South Carolina.

“Virginia Tech is a close fifth or sixth,” Owens said. “I just want to see them use the tight end more. I watched the game against Boise State and Andre Smith didn’t get any throws. I want to see if they start to use the tight end more or what their plans are for the future.”

Owens, who hopes to have his college decision made by November, does not claim a clear favorite at this point.

“My top four is not in any particular order,” said Owens, who plans to schedule official visits soon. “Those four are separated because they put tight ends in the NFL or they have tight ends that should be drafted. I know they use the tight end a lot.”

An athletic tight end, Owens sometimes splits out to slot receiver for his high school squad. He totaled 14 receptions for 221 yards last season as a junior, and is almost halfway to that total already through two games in 2010.

“I think I’ve played pretty good,” said Owens, who estimates he has six catches for 120 yards in two Ardrey Kell wins. “I’m doing pretty good in all aspects, but as the season goes on I’ll probably get more catches.

“Our team is getting better each game. We’ve worked the hardest I’ve ever seen this offseason and it’s paying off.”