Florida has been a place that Pitt’s had success recruiting defensive ends over the last few years getting commitments from Rashad Weaver, Deslin Alexandre, Habbukkuk Baldonado, Emmanuel Belgrave and Samuel Williams.
Charlie Partridge has led the recruiting efforts on most of these players and he has Pitt in the mix for another defensive end from the Sunshine State.
Tyrique Owens (6’2”, 250) is a junior 3-star defensive end from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who’s high on Pitt’s recruiting board. Aside from Pitt, the pass-rushing specialist also holds offers from Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Louisville, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.
”I believe Coach Partridge and I have had good conversations and because of that have developed a tight bond,” Owens tells PSN. “We’ve talked regularly but because of the current dead period it’s been a little quiet. I plan on taking an official visit there soon. I planned on going up there soon to watch some spring practices and the spring game but due to the coronavirus, that’s not going to happen.”
Owens admits that his biggest draw to Pitt is Partridge, who’s made it a point to get to know Owens more as a person and hasn’t emphasized football.
— TYRIQUE “SAVAGE” OWENS🌍 (@9xsavage) November 9, 2019
”I actually started to talk to and got to know him during the spring of my sophomore season. Things have really progressed and he’s let me know that I’d be a great fit at Pitt. He’s always checked in on me wanting to know how I’m doing, how’s my health, how’s school going and finding out about me more than just as a football player.”
”Coach Partridge isn’t someone that’s trying to sell you on dreams, he’s more than that. He’s genuine and I can tell that when we talk. He’s telling me about the city, the school and the education. He doesn’t need to talk about the football side because he knows I’m a good player and I’d fit in.”
Once he’s able to start making visits, Owens tells PSN that his three top schools now are Pitt, Maryland and Louisville.
”Some big factors for me will be how I feel about the coaches, the education reputation of the university, other things that can help me out aside from just football because football won’t last forever band I know that. Plus, the family atmosphere at those schools and the feeling I get.”
The question now is will a Tyrique Owens be the next defensive end from Florida that wears the Pitt uniform?