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Plano East safety and Texas 2019 commitment Tyler Owens. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: Commitment Q&A with four-star safety Tyler Owens

Posted November 5th, 2018


PLANO — Texas safety commit Tyler Owens didn’t demand headlines as a junior or in the offseason. The 6-2, 200-pound four-star from Plano East wasn’t at the elite camps or 7-on-7 tournaments that grow stock in recruiting circles. Nor does he play at a high school known for producing top-end college talent. Owens sat under the radar, picking up offers as college coaches watched him in the summer and early in his senior season. He picked the Longhorns and is one of the 20 commitments making up the seventh-ranked recruiting class in the nation.

Four-star safety Tyler Owens of Plano East is committed to the Longhorns. (Mike Craven)

Owens stepped out of the shadows and is moving up the rankings. He recorded an interception in the win over rival Plano West on Friday night and helped his teammates clinch a playoff berth. He’s a big, rangy safety who can play multiple spots on the Texas defense. The Longhorns like big-bodied safeties with coverage skills and that’s exactly what Owens showed throughout the win on Friday night.

At what age did you fall in love with football?

It was third grade. My dad played, so he taught me the game. The first sport I played was soccer.


What made Texas your choice?

When I went there,  I saw that it wasn’t all football all the time. It felt like the right move for me.

Where do you want to accomplish as a senior?

I want to be recognized as one of the top players. I didn’t participate in the camps and stuff, so people didn’t see me a lot. I think that makes a big impact. No one knew me until this season.

What was most important to you as a recruit? 

A place that could set me up for life if football doesn’t work out. Texas is a place where I can do big things even if football doesn’t work out because of the connections and education.

What word would you use to describe Tom Herman?

Family man.

Where do you see yourself playing at Texas?

I will play safety and some Joker.

What artist would you most like to see live?

Lil’ Wayne.

Favorite television show?

“Rick and Morty.”

Favorite athlete of all-time?

Terrell Owens.

Favorite sport to watch other than football?


2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge4May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16
Tyler OwensSPlano East4Sept. 24
David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch4Sept. 30
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26
Myron WarrenDEMany (La.)3Nov. 19
Jacoby JonesDEButler C.C.3Nov. 21
Caleb JohnsonOLBFullerton College (Calif.)3Dec. 17
Kennedy LewisWRMelissa3Dec. 18
Isaiah HookfinOTFort Bend Dulles4Dec. 21
Bru McCoyATHMater Dei (Calif.)5Jan. 25