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Rutgers Football Recruiting: Pennsylvania WR Dontae Owens Commits

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Kyle Flood picks up a commitment from a sleeper inside the Nitty Kitty region.

Maddie Meyer

Rutgers picked up a wide receiver prospect from the state of Pennsylvania today in 6'1" 180 lb Dontae Owens. Owens gives the Scarlet Knights much needed help to a position that is suddenly in flux after Brandon Coleman and Quron Pratt left for the NFL. Entering 2014, Rutgers' leading receivers are young guns Leonte Carroo and Tyler Kroft. Owens is quite the sleeper recruit, as he does not have any other offers besides Rutgers and isn't rated by any recruiting service yet. His highlight video does show some good instincts however:

He might not have world-class speed, but there's plenty of go in his step. What you do see is Owens bailing out his quarterback plenty of times: high throws, inaccurate passes, and hail mary passes. He climbs that ladder to grab those high balls, and makes those difficult sideline catches that require tight body control. You can also see some good escapability on screen passes where he has no business getting positive yardage.

Owens is definitely a raw athlete at this point, but he's joining a program that can develop his skills for him to get to the next level. Welcome to the Banks, Dontae.