Despite missing a chunk of the season for Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, receiver Chris Owusu came back just in time for the Lions postseason.
"I came back and we were able to end our season on a winning note," said Owusu. "We were the CIF Champions and we won it all four years I was there. So I have four rings."
A midseason knee injury sidelined Owusu, but a quick rehab brought him back to the field, and though the Lions slid through a three-loss regular season, they continued to shine in the postseason, winning their fifth title in a row.
"It made it all worth it to come back and win. It was tough in the early part of the year, but those losses helped us focus during the playoffs," said Owusu.
Though there hasn't been any rest for the weary - Owusu also plays for the Lions basketball team - he's getting a chance to take his much awaited official visit to Stanford this weekend.
"It was a long football season so I'm finally getting up there," said the Stanford commit. "I've been telling everyone that calls me, I've been set on my decision and they've been scared off. I'm locked and ready to go!"
Owusu said he came away impressed with what Jim Harbaugh did in Palo Alto in his first season as the head coach for the Cardinal.
"You could already tell he turned that program around. The big wins he was able to get, against USC and Cal, showed he's making an impact. That's why I can't wait to get out there and compete."
Owusu has kept in regular contact with Cardinal freshman Sean Wiser, a teammate of his at Oaks Christian.
"He's going to be my host this weekend. I called him on Tuesday and he said he'll be showing me the ropes. I talked to Joe Dembesky, too, during Christmas break and hung out with him on New Year's," said Owusu. "Having those guys definitely helps. It allows you to have reassurance with guys that have been there. I know I'll have some friends. Well, at least two friends. They've been really helpful and I've called them a bunch of times. They've been giving me tips."
Owusu said he watched the U.S. Army Game this past weekend to get a sneak peek at Stanford commit Andrew Luck, who played quarterback for the West.
"I've been meaning to get in touch with him. From watching the game, I can't wait to play with him and catch some passes," said Owusu.
Though Owusu hasn't talked with Luck, he has stayed in regular contact with Delano Howell, the four-star running back from Hart in nearby Newhall.
"I've been talking to Delano and I'm really close with him. We've known each other before we committed and when he finally committed after I did, we were both stoked. David DeCastro - I've been talking with him a lot, too," said Owusu.
Owusu will run track in the spring for the Lions and said he'd like to do that in college if possible.
"I'm planning maybe to run some track, maybe do a couple of races. I know that Richard Sherman has done that. But it all depends on the coaches," said Owusu.
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