Maryland football might have landed an unconventional graduate transfer in Garland Owens.
Owens comes to Maryland from Boston College, where he spent four years — on the basketball team. He tweeted out this picture on Monday:
InsideMDSports’ Jeff Ermann is reporting Owens plans on transferring to Maryland and joining the football team as long as he gains admission into a graduate program at the school.
Owens is 6’5, 210 pounds, and as one would expect from a basketball player, has some serious jumping ability. He competed in the State Farm Slam Dunk competition in March. Here’s a sampling of what he did at BC:
Garland Owens will compete in the State Farm @CollegeSLAM Dunk Championship on 3/30 on @ESPN.— BC Men's Basketball (@BCMBB) March 20, 2017
He deserved the invite after 4 years of ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/JivmHImTIv
Nothing’s been announced yet, but since Owens played four years of basketball, he’d appear to be a graduate transfer with immediate eligibility, similar to former Duke guard Greg Paulus, who played one season of quarterback at Syracuse after playing four years of basketball for the Blue Devils. No position’s been announced yet either, but his frame suggests he’ll either play wide receiver or tight end. [Update: InsideMDSports’ Ahmed Ghafir is reporting he’ll likely be a tight end.] With hops like his, it’s easy to imagine Owens outjumping defensive backs in the red zone.
This is a homecoming for Owens, who starred at Magruder High School and played a postgrad season of basketball at Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia. A 2012 Washington Post article about Owens doesn’t mention football at all, and he doesn’t have a profile as a recruit on any of the major recruiting sites.