Louisville brought about a shock within the 2023 recruiting cycle on Monday afternoon when the Cardinals obtained a dedication from the five-star working again 247Sports Composite. Reuben Owens from El Campo Excessive Faculty, Texas. Owens is ranked among the many prime 20 recruits within the Top247 and ranked first nationally within the class of 2023 and second amongst prospects within the talent-rich Lone Star state.
Owens’ monstrous efficiency progress from final 12 months noticed him leap from 1,511 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore within the fall of 2020 to 2,989 yards and 46 touchdowns in his fall 2021 junior marketing campaign. As well as, his already glorious 10.79 yards per carry in 2020 rose even greater final fall, when he averaged 12.05 yards per carry.
Owens — the 2021 Texas Sportswriters Affiliation Class 4A Offensive Participant of the 12 months — enters his senior season with 5,308 yards and 76 touchdowns, on prime of 20 receptions for 366 yards and three factors over the previous two seasons.
At 5’11” and 190 kilos, Owens is a pure defenseman with a house run, athleticism and nice bodily potential. His more and more spectacular monitor and subject profile features a quartet of 100-meter runs underneath 11.00 this spring: 10.68, 10.72, 10.87 and 10.95. He gained bronze for the second 12 months in a row on the Texas Class 4A Observe and Area Championships within the lengthy leap, the place he jumped 23 ft 1/4 in Could. This adopted his 22-10 3/4 lengthy leap bronze in Could 2021.
“I really like the tape and the fashion of play,” stated Cooper Petagna, nationwide analyst for 247Sports.
Andrew Ivins, analyst at 247Sports Southeast added, “I actually loved him in Battle Miami (late January)” and famous Owens’ “elite explosion” and reassuring potential to catch the ball off the sector in a 7-on-7 recreation surroundings, invaluable context for the participant from the highschool offense targeted on working.
“Reuben Owens appeared like an actual five-star runner,” Ivins stated of Owens’ efficiency in Battle Miami. “He has further gear that allowed him to move behind midfielders/in corners on wheel and nook programs.”
Owens is a pure runner, a really athletic runner with line sap and a powerful potential to redirect with out downshifting. He’s particularly harmful if supplied a transparent north-south lane to speed up, however he has additionally proven the efficient nuance of second degree and open subject to tie visitors collectively and discover extra open area to unleash that prime gear.
Here is extra about Owens from his 247Sports scouting report, which was up to date in March to a number of of the aforementioned monitor and subject achievements for April and Could.
247SPORTS SCOUT REPORT
It has the mandatory body with an athletic construct and room to extend the required mass. Seems to be and performs taller/longer than the itemizing, with an open subject gait on the longer finish of the spectrum to assist construct up velocity on the prime finish.
Efficiency jumped from freshman to sophomore with an apparent hit within the massive recreation (10.79 years) after which once more in junior excessive with big efficiency in scoring stats and a terrific carry-over ratio (12.05). The velocity subject is a plus and displays monitor sophomore instances, together with 10.96 100s and a number of other within the 11.1 vary. Texas, Class 4A, state-level lengthy leap competitor with a private better of 23-3 3/4.
Throws spectacular shock in a brief space with agility to maintain defenders out of the opening. Does not require many downcasts when redirecting. Combines these traits with spectacular burst and acceleration to shortly attain prime velocity. Exhibits good contact stability on the second degree.
Succesful move catcher with 7-on-7 reps as a receiver, though in-game catch alternatives have been restricted (20 catches in his sophomore and junior seasons). Third down competence in blitz rebounding and growing the variety of passing recreation reps may be developed. An upright snake typically with the next heart of gravity.
Seemed like among the best 2023 runners within the nation early on and stepped up that in an distinctive youth marketing campaign. Tasks as an necessary excessive main with long-term early spherical NFL draft potential.