Five-star running back recruit Rueben Owens committed to Texas A&M Wednesday night, hours after he was fired from Louisville. Here’s what you need to know:
- Texas A&M is the third school Owens has committed to since his recruiting began. Before Louisville, he committed to Texas in February 2021, but left four months later.
- Owens, from El Campo (Texas) High, had been committed to the Cardinals since June and was their highest-ranked prospect in the Class of 2023 at No. 23 overall.
- Before Owens joined on Wednesday, Texas A&M had no offensive skill position players in its recruiting class for 2023.
- Owens is the second five-star recruit in A&M’s class. The Aggies have 12 commitments so far.
5 star RB Rueben Owens announces his commitment to Texas A&M pic.twitter.com/rVzGZbXOpU
—Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) December 8, 2022
At the time of his commitment to Louisville, Owens was the second-highest-ranked recruit the Cardinals had landed in the modern recruiting era, according to 247Sports. After being fired from Texas in June 2021, he kept his recruiting open for a year, but after an official visit this summer, he committed to the Cardinals.
Coaching changes led to Owens’ firing from Louisville. Scott Satterfield, the Cardinals’ head coach when Owens signed on, accepted the Cincinnati job earlier this week.
Shortly after his release, Owens said Wednesday that he was waiting to see if Louisville running backs coach De’Rail Sims would stay with the program, but said, “Coach Sims called me today and said he won’t be in Louisville anymore.”
What Owens says
“I was like… a new staff, I don’t know them,” Owens recalled The athletic. “So I was like, ‘I’m going to dissolve.'”
Hours after his release, Owens announced on social media that he would choose his new school at 8 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday.
What the commitment means for Texas A&M
It’s a huge win for Coach Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies at a stopgap position. Devon Achane, who led the team with 1,102 rushing yards, started running back and declared for the NFL Draft this week.
The Aggies have talented young backs in sophomore Amari Daniels and freshman Le’Veon Moss, but the two combined for just 63 points this season. Adding a prolific playmaker like Owens opens up intriguing possibilities for the Aggies offense, which will have a new coordinator in 2023.
In four seasons at El Campo High, Owens rushed for 7,089 yards and 101 touchdowns and caught 29 passes for 489 yards and four scores.
(Photo: courtesy of Rueben Owens)