Three-star tight end Drew Owens out of Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell is narrowing his focus. The 6-foot-5, 227-pounder claims five schools are standing out at this time.
"I've narrowed down my list to South Carolina, Clemson, NC State, North Carolina and Arkansas," he said. "That's not my final list, I'm not for sure that will be the final list.
"I definitely plan to visit those this summer and maybe Virginia Tech around July 4th. I'd say they are No. 6 right now on my list."
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What stands out about the finalists?
"I like that all of them are pretty close and each program has a rich tradition," he said. "I think those schools can help me get where I want to be, academically and athletically."
Owens discussed the schools further.
South Carolina: "I like how they use their tight ends. The coaching staff is personable and they are on the rise."
Clemson: "They have proven they can be an ACC power. They are moving up in the ACC a lot."
NC State: "The coaching staff is great. They are working hard and progressing. I think this could be a breakthrough season coming up for them."
North Carolina: "The academics are real good. They have a lot of commits coming in and I see nothing but progress at that school."
Arkansas: "I just learned a lot about them recently. I like what their coaching staff is doing and they throw the ball to the tight end a lot."
Virginia Tech: "I like how they are so consistent winning for years. They consistently are up there. They run the ball a lot and I like to catch the ball."
Owens noted that he is keeping an eye on a couple other teams including Vanderbilt and Virginia.
In the meantime, more visits are expected this summer.
"I think I'm visiting NC State probably on June 26th and North Carolina later this month after that," he said. "I think I'm going to South Carolina on July 26th. I'm still talking to Clemson's coaches about setting up a visit."
The No. 16 prospect in North Carolina maintains he is leaning towards a decision after a few officials this fall.
"I'd like to make it in the early fall around September," he said. "I still want to take a few officials."