Thompson senior signs football letter of intent

Melvin Owens, with his parents, signed his letter of intent to play football for Mississippi Valley State University on Feb. 9. (Reporter Photo / Baker Ellis)

Melvin Owens, with his parents, signed his letter of intent to play football for Mississippi Valley State University on Feb. 9. (Reporter Photo / Baker Ellis)

By BAKER ELLIS / Sports Reporter

ALABASTER- Feb. 9 was the culmination of a long journey for Melvin Owens and his family. Owens, a Thompson High School senior, signed a letter of intent to play football for Mississippi Valley State University in the fall.

Owens, who will report to MVSU in July, is a 3.0 student who can’t remember a time without football.

“I’ve been playing football since I was 4-years-old,” said Owens. “I’ve been coached by my dad since I was 4-years old. It’s always been a dream of mine (to play in college).”

The articulate and polite Owens played wherever he was needed for the Warriors’ offensive line during his playing days at THS, but will focus on his natural position of right guard when he arrives at MVSU, and hopes to play right away for the Delta Devils.

“Right now what they’re (coaches) talking about is I would come in and I wouldn’t have to redshirt,” Owens said. “I’ll have a chance to come in and play and compete.”

When making his college choice, Owens stated his decision came down to a combination of the inviting staff and players.

“I could tell the coaches really wanted me there,” Owens said. “I took my visit this past Friday (Feb. 6) and it really just felt like home. The players treated me like family when I walked in, they treated my family great, and the benefits were outstanding.”

The prospect of alleviating the burden of paying for a college education from his parents was important, and Owens is excited to be able to do just that while playing football.

“I’ve always wanted to make sure my parents didn’t have to pay for school,” said Owens. “I’ve always thought that if my parents had to pay for school it would be my fault. I was able to use my athletic ability and the game that I love to further my athletic career and my academic career.”