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Written by: Billy Splain on Wednesday, August 11th, 2021
There’s a phrase thrown around the recruiting world, one that recruits don’t like to see and one that gets overused. That phrase? Well, there’s two actually, “under-recruited” and “overlooked”. In the case of Lewisburg Dragon’s linebacker Owen Ordonez, I prefer the phrase “strike while the iron’s hot”! Ordonez struck quickly. Following a hot July that saw the incoming senior land offers from Bucknell and the Leopards late in the month, it took just 2 weeks for the 6-3, 220 linebacker to make his choice. He announced his commitment yesterday, and we caught up with Owen to ask him about his choice:
PFN: Why did you choose to commit to the Leopards?
Owen: It felt like the right fit. I loved the school and the atmosphere. Their facilities were fantastic. The coaches were awesome and it was a place where I could challenge myself both athletically and academically.
PFN: Who was your biggest influence there. , who recruited you?
Owen: Both the defensive coordinator, Coach McFadden, as well as the linebackers coach, Coach Hammock.
PFN: What are they getting in player like you?
Owen: An aggressive defensive player who is willing to do anything for the sake of the team. I can move to various positions and excel.
PFN: What was the recruiting process like for you?
Owen: I had a lot of interest from many schools and picked up a few offers before ultimately deciding that Lafayette was the place for me.
PFN: Do you know what you’d like to study?
Owen: Public Health. If not that major, then something else that would allow me to go to PA school after undergraduate.
PFN: What role did your parents play in your decision?
Owen: They supported me in all of the decisions that I made. They gave me their advice and provided me with the tools to succeed. I wouldn’t be in this position without either of them.
PFN: What do you think is the most exciting thing about the program?
Owen: Being able to contribute at a Division 1 level school and work hard to hopefully win a championship.
PFN: What are you most looking forward to while playing for them?
Owen: Creating special connections and bonds with new people. I look forward to not only playing football, but also setting myself up for success in my future after college. And of course to win!
PFN: Tell everyone out there in the football world something they’d never know about you until you told them:
Owen: It took my recruiting a bit longer than I had anticipated, especially after having a huge junior season. Always continue to work hard and you won’t go unnoticed. Be patient and your opportunity will come eventually.
PFN: Who is the person who most influenced you in your football career?
Owen: My father. He has always been an incredible coach and role model for me over the span of my career playing football. He would do anything if it meant I would succeed or be happy. He opened so many doors for me in this process and I cannot thank him enough.
PFN: What is it you’d like all your high school teammates and fans to know about your decision that you might have a hard time saying in person?
Owen: I could not have done it without any of my coaches, teammates, and fans. It means the world that everyone was supportive of myself and the other players. I wouldn’t be here without them.
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