Former Ohio Commit Owens Signs With Tennessee

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Former Ohio University men's basketball recruit Tariq Owens signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Tennessee, the SEC school announced Wednesday, May 21.

The Odenton, Md., native signed with Ohio in November but his release was confirmed April 25.

Owens requested a release from his letter following former Ohio head coach Jim Christian's exit for Boston College on April 3, but Ohio athletic director Jim Schaus initially denied the request.

Owens' request stood after Ohio hired new coach Saul Phillips, and the athletic department allowed his release in late April.

Owens, a 6-foot-10 forward, is rated a three-star recruit by most national recruiting sites.