Many youngsters dream of making plays on Saturday afternoons for their favorite college football team. But elite 2023 running back prospect Rueben Owens never looked that far down the road.
It was always my dream to play varsity football as a freshman, Owens told SI Sooners. I’ve just been working toward that moment.
In fact, Owens expressed that he quite honestly didn’t expect to have FBS interest until much later in his prep career. But when he realized his dream and became the starting running back for El Campo High as a freshman, the offers came pouring in almost immediately.
Less than two months into his first season of high school football, Arkansas became the first program to offer Owens. And as the 5-foot-11, 180-pound prodigy continued to run circles around El Campo’s opponents, the scholarship letters began to pile up.
LSU, Florida, Baylor, Auburn and Georgia were among the 15 FBS programs to offer Owens before he finished his freshman year. The Sooners joined the fray in January, as Lincoln Riley and his staff extended their first offer in the class of 2023 to Owens.