Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver Francis Owusu
has waited patiently for his turn to be recruited.
With his older brother, Chris Owusu, finished with a successful career at Stanford, and another Brian Owusu, an all-Ivy League cornerback at Harvard, the younger Owusu has bided his time and waited for his chance to have coaches wooing him.
For the 6-4, 195-pounder, it's now his turn, and three schools have already gotten a good start with him.
"Vanderbilt was the first one to offer me and that was exciting because my first offer came from the SEC," said Owusu. "Then Wisconsin offered me right after Vanderbilt, and Coach (Andy) Buh at Wisconsin was the one who recruited Chris to Stanford. Any offers is a big accomplishment but I was very happy and surprised by that one."
Then last week, an offer came from the place Chris has called home the past four years.
"Stanford offered me and that was very surprising because I hadn't even sent my film out," said Owusu. "My brother had mentioned to me they liked me but I was surprised by the offer."
Owusu is planning to visit both Wisconsin and Stanford for their respective Junior Day's.
"I'm going to go up to Wisconsin and visit the campus and meet the coaches and talk with Coach Buh for their Junior Day," said Owusu. "And then I'm going to Stanford's Junior Day next month."
This past weekend, Owusu was at USC for their Junior Day, and enjoyed his time there.
"It was good. I got to meet a lot of the coaches. It was great being introduced to the program. I've been there for a football game but I've never been there to tour it. It's great with the new facility for the football program they're building," said Owusu.
And a few more Pac-12 schools are expressing interest in Owusu.
"I'm hearing from a lot of the Pac-12 schools, mainly Arizona State and UCLA. Arizona State likes to throw a lot and it's relatively close to home. And UCLA is also a big school that is really close to home and two of my teammates (Ishmael Adams and Jordan Payton) signed with them," said Owusu.
Still, Owusu isn't in any sort of rush to make a decision.
"I'm going to search around and see which schools I like," said Owusu. "And if I feel in my heart a certain school, I'll commit there. But I'll make a lot of visits (unofficially)."
Owusu said playing at Oaks Christian, where someone has signed every year for the past 10 years, has given him a help on the recruiting process, but he said he'll lean on his older brother, who's now prepping for the NFL Draft, for advice.
"Hopefully he'll give me a lot of pointers on what it will be like," said Owusu.
Academically, Owusu has a 3.7 and will take the SAT in June. He's also already enrolled in AP and Honors classes at Oaks.
"I want to be ahead of the game academically," said Owusu. "Academics are very important in my family and it's pushed really hard on us."
Owusu said he'll likely do some camps but as a three-sport athlete, his focus is also on Oaks Christian.
"Currently I'm in basketball and we start the CIF-SS playoffs this week and then when I'm done with basketball, I'm going straight into track," said Owusu.
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