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2023 5-star running back Rueben Owens as swift, elusive as the mythical unicorn

by | Jul 7, 2021 | Football, Recruiting | 0 comments

OXFORD, Miss. — No matter how old you are, you’ve probably heard intriguing myths and legends that have been passed down through generations. One such mythical creature that continues to captivate its audience is the unicorn — the magical being that is ferocious, swift, and impossible to capture.

One of these rare entities may actually be found out on a football field in El Campo, Texas in the human form of 5-star running back Rueben Owens, one of the most elusive players you will find in the class of 2023.

I have watched the talented Owens for well over a year now. After originally committing to the Texas Longhorns in February of this year, he de-committed in June as he looks to test the waters before making that final decision. 

That being said, Coach Steve Sarkisian and the Horns are still considered the team to beat. Owens is sitting on 31 offers, and I’m sure a ton more will arrive before he makes his choice. He owns SEC offers from: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M. 

According to the 247Sports Composite, Owens is currently ranked the No. 24 overall athlete in the nation in the class of 2023. He is the No.2 running back in the class and the No. 4 overall player at any position in the state of Texas. 

Last season, the speedy Texan finished with 1,511 rushing yards along with 22 rushing touchdowns. He was named the 2020 Texas District 12-4A Offensive MVP as a sophomore. It should comes no surprise he also takes his swift talent to the track field as well, placing third in the state in 2021 in the long jump (22-10 ¾) and running an 11.13 in the 100. 

Recruiting Analyst Gabe Brooks on Owens:
“Possesses the requisite frame of a high-major running back. Looks and plays taller/longer than listing with open-field gait on the longer end of the spectrum that fosters speed-building ability at the top end. Production jumped from freshman to sophomore year with obvious big-play punch (10.79 ypc). On-field play speed is a strength. Looks like an elite running back prospect early in the 2023 class with potential to become an NFL Draft pick.”

The Fit in the ‘Sip

There’s no question Owens has the three ’S’s’ — size, strength and speed — one looks for in an elite running back. From watching his film, you see he has short-area quickness that causes defenders to miss. He redirects very efficiently and shows acceleration that allows him to reach top speed quickly.

And while we know 2023 top QB Arch Manning is still weighing his options as to where he will play college ball, we can’t help but point out he and Owens appear to have a connection. 

After seeing what talented running back Jerrion Ealy continues to mean to the Ole Miss offense, perhaps the Rebs can catch lightning in a bottle twice and get Owens to our neck of the forest in Oxford.

After all, how many chances do you get to have a football unicorn in your midst? 

(Feature image credit: Juan DeLeon)


Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo
Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo

Lee Ann is the Director of Recruiting for The Rebel Walk. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist and NFL content writer. She is also the Sr. Editor for MESPORTS digital. Herring-Olvedo is a Brown University graduate who loves good cigars, good games, and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order.

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