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Powerful programs are offering 2023 RB Rueben Owens II

HOUSTON — Already a dozen schools have offered Rueben Owens II. And he still has over three months left in his freshman year at El Campo (Texas).

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound running back rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2019 and started picking up offers a few games into the season.

Arkansas offered first in early October. He has added offers from schools like Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M since the calendar rolled over to 2020.

"I couldn't believe it when I got my first offer, then all these others came in, and I was shocked," said Owens. "I just did not expect it to come this fast. It has all been very surprising."

Although he is a freshman, Owens has already been busy on the road. He has taken visits to LSU, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. The most recent visit was to Norman.

"I liked the nutrition program, the weight room, how coach Lincoln Riley spoke and I liked it all at Oklahoma. I love the set-up, how they have everything laid out to see and I will be back. It was a great place and I liked the visit a lot."

He is set to return to Baton Rouge March 14. Owens was there for the Auburn game and it left a strong impression.

"It was a really good game with a great LSU crowd," said Owens. "A lot stood out to me there. I loved the environment and atmosphere. I like how they treated me, how crazy the crowd was and it looked like it would be a great environment to play in."

The in-state schools are definitely on his radar too, and the Longhorns and Aggies offered him within five days (January 23-27) of each other.

"I like both Texas and Texas A&M. Each school has great programs and I will be back to visit both schools. I want to talk to their coaches more, get to know them better and I have time to do all that.

"When I visited those schools, I did not have all the offers I have now, so just want to see how they treat me, how they talk to me and how the recruit me. I know I will visit both schools a lot."

After the visit to LSU, Owens plans to trip to Florida and Texas late in March. He knows it is just the beginning and he is looking forward to this journey.

"I am excited about it all," said Owens. "It has been pretty crazy the last few weeks with all the offers coming in. I still can't believe this is happening right now. I am just excited to see what is next."

Owens said his "dream school" was Oregon, and that he would love to add an offer from the Ducks and schools like Alabama and Clemson.