Phil Kornblut

Receiver likely USC bound after dropping Georgia

Christian Owens
Christian Owens

Wide receiver Christian Owens (6-5, 210) of Griffin, Ga., on Wednesday ended his commitment to Georgia that dated back to 2013 and is now likely to land at USC.

In announcing his decommitment from the Bulldogs, Owens originally stated he was committing to USC. But he soon backed off of that and considers the Gamecocks as his favorites right now. He will make an official visit for the South Alabama game.

"I'm not officially committed to South Carolina at the moment, but they are at the top," Owens said. "I respect UGA. They were great to me. We just had a couple of situations where we couldn't see eye to eye on some things, and I had to do what's best for my family and what's best for me."

Owens had offers from USC, Clemson, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Tennessee before he committed to Georgia. After deciding to decommit, Owens said he quietly reached out to other schools and the Gamecocks responded with strong interest. He said the fact he hasn't gone public with a commitment to them right now is not an issue.

"I talked to Coach Spurrier Jr. over the internet and we are on the same page," Owens said. "I want a chance to get on campus and see it for myself and meet the coaching staff. I've never been to South Carolina. I'll most likely commit on the visit."

Owens also plans to enroll in January. This season he has 5 touchdown catches. As a junior he had 23 catches for 600 yards and 3 touchdowns.

He is considered a high three-star prospect, according to 247Sports' Composite rating that factors in all networks.

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