After one of the more back and forth recruiting stories of the 2018 cycle, Penn State has finally landed one of its top defensive targets in four-star defensive end Jayson Oweh, who announced his decision during Thursday evening's Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando. He signed his Letter of Intent during last month's early signing period.
The OWEH File
- Class: 2018
- Size: 6-5, 236 lbs.
- Pos: DE
- School: Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9514)
- Composite Rank: No. 5 SDE, No. 106 overall
Oweh turned into one of the hottest prospects in the nation this spring. After landing offers from schools like Rutgers, Dartmouth, Boston College, Temple, and others early in 2017, the national powers soon followed suit. Georgia offered in mid-April, followed by Penn State, Notre Dame, and eventually Ohio State. Those final three schools quickly separated themselves from the rest.
It did not take long for this to turn into another James Franklin vs. Urban Meyer battle. Oweh would visit both programs several times over the spring and summer. The Buckeyes hosted his official visit for their September showdown with Oklahoma, while the Nittany Lions brought him back to campus officially for November's Nebraska game. With every visit, the tide seemed to turn towards one school or the other, but distance and familiarity with the Penn State program finally won out.
Oweh has as much upside as any prospect in the country. He is relatively new to football, after focusing on basketball earlier in high school, but his raw athleticism is the perfect ball of clay for Sean Spencer to begin to work his magic. With a solid group of defensive ends ahead of him in 2018, expect a redshirt season for Oweh, but there will be ample opportunity in 2019 and beyond to make a huge impact along the Lions' defensive line.
Oweh is the 23rd member of Penn State's class of 2018, which sits at No. 4 in the nation.