Owens said the Hokies coaching staff continues to recruit him hard, and he has them in his top seven.
However, if Virginia Tech is going to jump into serious consideration for the 6-foot-6, 227-pound Owens, he needs to fully buy into what the staff is telling him, and that is the Hokies plan on changing how they use their tight end.
Right now Owens has a pair of lists, a top five and a top seven. Virginia Tech is slotted in the precarious position of being in the top seven, but not the top five.
"Arkansas, South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina State and North Carolina are my top five," Owens said. "My top seven is with Michigan and Virginia Tech. I don't want to fully let those schools go because I'm still interested in them. I want to learn more about them, but they don't stand up as much to me as the top five."
Owens has his reasons why Michigan and the Hokies are in their own classification.
"For Michigan, it's the distance factor," he said. "That's a big factor for me. Maybe something could outweigh that and they could move up to a top five, and Virginia Tech, just how they use their tight ends. They're talking about changing it, but as of right now their offense is more run-based. It's a hardcore run offense."
But Owens added the Virginia Tech coaches are telling him that is going to change.
"They're talking about how they want to use the tight end more in the passing game, spread the field and work around like that," Owens said. "But I don't know. I'm not skeptical. I'm just worried because I don't want to go up there and think that and still have it be the same.
"I wouldn't mind it that much if they're still the same because they're still winning the way they do it."
The Hokies, who already have commitments from tight ends Christian Reeves of Eagles Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, Ga.) and Chris Hall of Dinwiddie (Va.) High, have some work to do if they are to become a serious player in Owens' recruitment.
He said he will visit each of his top five schools by the end of the summer, although a July 17 trip to Arkansas is his only scheduled trip right now.
"I definitely want to decide by October," Owens said. "I'm looking for a balanced run-pass offense. I definitely want to be lining up all over, like tight, flexed out or even wide out."