One of the biggest prospects in the class of 2023 will end his prep career at the Polynesian Bowl as McDonough (Georgia) Eagle Landing Christian Best 247 offensive lineman Zacharia Owens formally accepted an invitation to a stellar event in Hawaii on Wednesday.

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Owens, who says he’s 6ft 7in and weighs 350lbs, had never been to the islands before, but he wasn’t about to turn down the opportunity to see the nation’s 50th state. He also didn’t want to miss the chance to play on the NFL network, which would air Polynesian bowl first time since 2023

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“It’s just a blessing. Who would know where I come from? Owens said. “Just traveling and playing football. This is a blessing. I can’t even keep it all to myself. I just take it day by day… I really didn’t know too much about the game, but when I was on [the NFL Network]I just knew that I had to go.

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When it comes to recruiting him, Owens is set to set off his own fireworks display on July 4th by announcing his commitment and choosing between three schools: Clemson, Penn State, and Alabama. The future senior was quick to share what he likes about each program.

Clemson: “The environment that Clemson works in is amazing. Like the program that Dabo Sweeney created and the way he takes care of his players both on and off the field, he teaches you to be a man of Christ. I like it”.

Penn State: “Penn State is about the same as they love their players and develop them. I love James Franklin. He wants to do everything with his players. The bond I have established with everyone is strong.”

Alabama: “Alabama, me and the coach [John Wolford]we got closer. He told me how things are in Alabama. But the main thing I like about them is that they don’t embellish anything.”

247Sports currently names Owens as the nation’s eighth offensive player.

“Punches hard with overwhelming force,” 247Sports national analyst Gabe Brooks wrote in an assessment. “Just gobbles up many opponents and bursts out with knockdown power at the point of attack and on the move, whether it’s a puller or a level-2 climb… Will most likely make a difference to the roster as a capture/defend combo player. Among the top prospects for O-line in the 2023 hiring cycle with the potential to become an influential high-level multi-year starter. A very promising prospect with a physique that could lead to a ceiling in the top half of the NFL Draft.”

Polynesian bowl, which returned last winter after a brief hiatus due to the global pandemic, has partnered with both Adidas and Riddell. Famous alumni include Miami Dolphins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, Detroit Lions offensive lineman Peney Sewell, Miami Dolphins defenseman Jevon Holland, and Tight end Houston Texans Brevin Jordan.

Other high-profile players in 2023 who will end their prep career in the Polynesian Bowl include: Five-star Tennessee quarterback takes over Niko Yamaleava, five-star USC wide receiver Zacharia Branch, five-star pass rusher David Hicks, five-star USC athlete Makai Lemon, five-star lineman Francis Mauigoa and five-star USC quarterback Malachi Nelson.