With each passing week, more of the nation’s top 2017 football prospects are wrapping up their college recruitments as the season begins to wind down. This past Sunday, Hampton (Va.) Bethel High School athlete Jeremiah Owusu announced his commitment to Virginia.
“I took a visit up there and it was pretty amazing,” Owusu told Today’s U. “I came up there and walked in my hotel, it was a beautiful hotel, I walked in my room and they had me some goodies. It was a warm welcome, they made me feel like home. I had great meals there, met great people there, they have great academics and there’s a big opportunity for me to come in and make an impact right away, so I felt like it was the best fit for me.
“Before everything, I just want to give all the glory to God first, he’s always number one. And Go Hoos.”
With Owusu’s pledge, Virginia now has 20 players committed for the 2017 class, which is ranked No. 39 in the nation and No. 8 in the ACC, according to 247Sports.
“UVA has a new coaching staff, so coming in right away to prepare is going to be a hard task,” Owusu said. “I will probably run track and I have a few trainers I work out with in the offseason, so I can come in right away and make an impact on the team.”
The interactions with his future teammates also played a role in Virginia landing the three-star.
“I met a lot of guys when I was up there and had good interactions with them, we hung out a little bit and had fun,” Owusu said.
“With the 2017 class, I’ve been in a group chat with them, I feel like we can make an impact right away and if some of the juniors stay like Quin Blanding and Andrew Brown, I feel like we can be a problem for the ACC.”
Washington State, Wake Forest, N.C. State and Vanderbilt were also finalists for the 247Sports, 89 overall three-star before he shut down his recruitment. He had also been receiving interest from Michigan, Clemson, Oregon and Nebraska, he said.
“The coaches at Virginia, they like how I rush off the edge, my ability to cover, my tackling and the scheme our defense plays in and how to utilize me,” Owusu told Today’s U. “They feel like I’m just an overall athlete, they love my character, they said I have character like no other, they like how I’m a man of my faith.”
The 6-foot-2, 197-pounder could end up at safety or outside linebacker in college when that day finally comes. For now, he’s just glad to have the recruiting process over with.
“Definitely, most definitely, just a matter of getting my head cleared so I can move forward with the rest of our season and finish out my school year academically strong,” Owusu said. “We’re looking to go to the playoffs, if we win this last game and depending on how other teams’ season ends.”
The Bethel Bruins are sitting at 5-4 and looking for their third consecutive win as they close out the regular season this Friday at Gloucester, which is sitting at 4-5.