Posted: 12:00 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2014 Class of 2015 football recruits: No. 10 Andrew Owers

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By Jodie Wagner

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Every day at noon, we’ll reveal a member of the Class of 2015 Big Board, counting down from No. 10. We kick off our Top 10 with a tight end who didn’t start playing football until the ninth grade.

Andrew Owers, Tight end, Cardinal Newman

6-foot-2½, 230 pounds

Offers: Bucknell

Q&A with Owers

Q: Which schools have shown interest in you?

A: Boston College has shown some interest, Arizona State has shown some interest, and a lot of the Ivy Leagues, like Penn and Yale.

Q: Why did you wait until ninth grade to begin playing football?

A: I played baseball and then travel basketball. I got to Newman and Travis (Rudolph) was here. The program was up-and-coming, so I figured I would give it a try. My brother was a senior. He was playing, so I figured I’d play. I started off on JV and then got moved to varsity.

Q: What sets you apart from other tight ends in the county?

A: I have really good hands. I catch the ball really well. My speed is not exceptional, but it’s more than a normal tight end.

Last year’s stats: Owers caught 33 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, he returned two interceptions for touchdowns and one fumble for a TD.

Coach’s take: “From never having played tackle football prior to ninth grade to being one of the top student-athletes in the county is a testament to his athleticism and desire to improve.” — Cardinal Newman head coach Steve Walsh

Breakdown: A pass-catching, playmaking tight end, Owers is exceptionally athletic for his size. He’s a matchup nightmare for linebackers because of his speed and for defensive backs because of his size. He’s a difficult player to bring down.

Check back each day at noon to see the next player on our countdown.

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