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.
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?
Where do you see yourself playing at Texas?
I will play safety and some Joker.
What artist would you most like to see live?
Favorite television show?
“Rick and Morty.”
Favorite athlete of all-time?
Favorite sport to watch other than football?
2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class
|Roschon Johnson||QB||Port Neches-Groves||4||July 21 (2017)|
|T'Vondre Sweat||DE||Huntsville||3||Feb. 28|
|Jordan Whittington||WR||Cuero||4||March 10|
|De'Gabriel Floyd||OLB||Westlake Village (Calif.)||4||March 31|
|Kenyatta Watson II||DB||Grayson (Ga.)||4||May 1|
|Brayden Liebrock||TE||Chandler (Ariz.)||3||May 8|
|Tyler Johnson||OL||Conroe Oak Ridge||4||May 25|
|Jared Wiley||TE||Temple||3||May 26|
|Jake Smith||WR||Notre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)||4||June 3|
|Peter Mpagi||DE||George Ranch||3||June 16|
|Chris Adimora||S||Mayfair (Calif.)||4||July 1|
|Marques Caldwell||CB||Alvin||3||July 7|
|Marcus Tillman Jr.||OLB||Jones (Fla.)||3||July 28|
|Javonne Shepherd||OT||North Forest||4||July 29|
|Derrian Brown||RB||Buford (Ga.)||4||Sept. 16|
|Tyler Owens||S||Plano East||4||Sept. 24|
|David Gbenda||ILB||Katy Cinco Ranch||4||Sept. 30|
|Marcus Washington||WR||Trinity Catholic (Mo.)||4||Oct. 26|
|Myron Warren||DE||Many (La.)||3||Nov. 19|
|Jacoby Jones||DE||Butler C.C.||3||Nov. 21|
|Caleb Johnson||OLB||Fullerton College (Calif.)||3||Dec. 17|
|Kennedy Lewis||WR||Melissa||3||Dec. 18|
|Isaiah Hookfin||OT||Fort Bend Dulles||4||Dec. 21|
|Bru McCoy||ATH||Mater Dei (Calif.)||5||Jan. 25|