The Wisconsin Badgers football staff met with 2025 four-star recruit Eli Owens five days ago to catch up after the completion of his season. Owens, a top 100 ranked recruit in the 2025 class, received an offer from the Badgers during their meeting. Now, just days later, Owens has made an unofficial visit to Madison after connecting with the staff in their meetings.
Wisconsin Badgers Football Hosts 2025 Four-Star Eli Owens
Coming in at six foot two inches and roughly 230 pounds, Eli Owens is a physical force when he steps out onto the football field. Owens is currently listed as an athlete on 247 Sports, but has played linebacker and tight end in high school specifically. While Owens has the ability to play both positions, many of the schools who have recruited him thus far are looking at his potential as a tight end in college. However, it is still unclear what position Owens feels more comfortable playing and also what position he will likely play.
Great time at Wisconsin today!! Enjoyed getting up to Madison and seeing some familiar faces in new places!! @NateLetton @_maximus347 @PatLambert13 @NCEC_Recruiting @NatlPlaymkrsAca @alcoafootball pic.twitter.com/IIzgn0I9Y8
— Eli Owens (@Eli_Owens19) March 25, 2023
Eli Owens ranks as the 100th overall recruit in the 2024 recruiting class. Owens is also listed as the tenth overall athlete and the fourth overall player in the state of Tennessee. The 247 Sports Composite rankings give Owens quite a boost, bringing him up to the 71st spot nationally and the fourth ranked athlete. Owens is also a two sport athlete, playing forward and center for his basketball team.
Currently, Owens has 14 scholarship offers from major universities including Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Cincinnati, and Ohio State to name a few. Despite being a 2025 recruit, Owens has been extremely active so far in his recruiting process with 18 unofficial visits already. Owens has visited his home school Tennessee four times and met with the Cincinnati staff twice as well.
In fact, one of the deciding factors that led Owens to quickly visit Madison was his positive experiences when he met with the same staff during his Bearcats visit. According to Evan Flood of 247 Sports, Owens enjoyed the experiences he had during his previous meetings with the staff. Now, with coach Luke Fickell and company taking up Madison, the relationship with Owens has been rekindled while the chase for the recruit intensifies.
One thing that still remains unclear regarding Owens and his Madison visit is which staff member he spent the majority of his time with. As a player with the ability to play multiple positions, Owens could potentially play linebacker or tight end for the Badgers if he chooses to come to Wisconsin. Tight ends coach Nate Letton and defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Mike Tressel both came from the Bearcats to follow Luke Fickell to Wisconsin. Owens already has ties to both coaches, but it will be interesting to see which coach leads the recruiting trail.
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