Following his official visit to Seton Hall this weekend, Garland Owens gave a verbal pledge to Steve Donahue and Boston College during his announcement at Magruder High School (Md.) this afternoon. Owens is Boston College's first Class of 2013 commitment
"I chose Boston College because of the coaching staff — they really made me feel at home and they really made me feel like a part of the family," Owens told National Recruiting Spotlight. "They helped me out a lot and they know what they need to do to get me to the next level. They play similar to the way I played in high school and it’s a great offense for me because I can use my athleticism to get up and down the court. There’s a lot of space on the court so it opens up driving lanes which will help me out a lot.
Owens, a 6-foot-5, 205 pound small forward from Massanutten Military Academy (Va.), chose Boston College over Kevin Willard and his Seton Hall Pirates. Beyond his two finalists, Garland had received offers from Drexel, Delaware, Hartford, Iona, Loyola (Md.), New Hampshire, N.J.I.T., UNC-Greensboro and UTEP.
Prior to his stint on the AAU circuit with Mid-Atlantic Select this summer, Owens had received little interest and no offers from high-major programs while playing football and basketball at Magruder. Impressive performances at the Reebok Headliner Tryout and the Hoop Group Jam Fests in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh boosted his stock, proving the decision to take a post-graduate year at Massanutten for the upcoming school year to be a great one.
Known for his athleticism, rebounding and defensive prowess, Garland may be the definition of a steal for the Eagles, some Pirate fans have even compared Garland to former Pirate Brian Laing. Owens possesses physical attributes that can't be taught in a gym but admittedly lacks ACC-caliber technical skills. However, it has been noted that Garland has significantly improved his mid-range and outside shooting over the summer, two of his previously weaker attributes.
While 2013 forward Austin Colbert (Gill St. Bernard's, N.J.) remains uncommitted, Seton Hall's hosting of Owens this weekend tells me that Colbert is headed to either Miami (Fla.) or Illinois. Aquille Carr (Patterson HS, Md.) stands alone as Seton Hall's only Class of 2013 commitment.
Story photo courtesy of the Hoop Group.