Rueben Owens commits to Louisville: Cardinals land 1 RB, continue to build historic recruiting class of 2023

Rueben Owens commits to Louisville: Cardinals land 1 RB, continue to build historic recruiting class of 2023

Louisville pulled off one of its biggest recruiting moves in program history, as five-star running back Rueben Owens II — the No. 1 running back in the Class of 2023 — signed on with the Cardinals Monday on a plethora of offers. Owens, a product of El Campo, Texas, had a roster of contenders that included Alabama, Ohio State, Texas and many more.

“I have always been a trailblazer and have sought to create my own legacy on the road less traveled in hopes of inspiring others to believe in themselves,” Owens wrote in a statement. posted on Twitter. “That was the driving force that pushed me to make this life changing decision on where to spend the next 3-4 years of my life.”

Owens becomes the No. 2 rookie in Louisville history, passing quarterback Brian Brohm and trailing only longtime NFL running back Michael Bush. Owens ranks 16th in the industry-standard 247Sports Composite rankings, and he’s the top rusher by a substantial margin. Only two other running backs rank among the top 50 players in the country.

The El Campo product rushed for an absurd 2,989 yards on 248 attempts with 46 touchdowns in 2021. His Ricebirds went undefeated against other 4A teams in the regular season before losing in the third round of the playoffs to Little Cypress- Mauriceville.

Owens is the headliner of what is set to be a historic recruiting class for coach Scott Satterfield and his staff. The Cardinals rank 11th in the 247Sports composite team rankings with 10 commitments, just one spot behind USC. Owens said he would not make any visits to other colleges in the remaining six months before the early signing period.

Dynamic playmaker

The electric Owens has ranked among the most offered players in the 2023 recruiting class since he was an underclassman. Owens received his first recorded offer on October 10, 2019 from Arkansas, when he would have been a high school freshman. At the start of his second season, he had 20 offers.

Listed at 5ft 11in and 190lbs, Owens got a comparison to former Alabama star TJ Yeldon from 247Sports Midlands scouting analyst Gabe Brooks, and he boasts a consistent speed below 11,100 yards while being a remarkable long jumper.

Owens should fit well into Satterfield’s dynamic running offense. The Cardinals rushed for 2,728 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2021, including 1,153 combined yards and six scores from running back duo Jalen MItchell and Trevion Cooley. Owens should immediately step into the rotation and make a difference.

Recruitment dynamic

Owens is just the latest addition to a revolutionary recruiting class in Louisville. Quarterback rookie Pierce Clarkson has been pivotal in recruiting other 2023 prospects to join him in Louisville, followed by several Californians.

Wide receiver DeAndre Moore ranks in the top 60 in the class, while Clarkson’s high school teammate, cornerback Aaron Williams, sits at No. 140. His teammate Jahlil McClain ranks in the top 500, while that Inglewood, Calif., product Jamari Johnson joins the fray.

Clarkson claimed on Twitter that Louisville fans should “wait for another” after rattling off the game-changing running back.

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