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5-star Texas RB Rueben Owens II was in Athens on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, for the Georgia-South Carolina game at Sanford Stadium. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Rueben Owens II: Nation’s No. 2 junior RB will be in Athens this weekend

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry is about the latest trip to UGA for 5-star junior RB Rueben Owens II out of Texas.

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Rueben Owens II will be in Athens this weekend on an unofficial visit. There’s the tendency to let all the football stuff get in the way of something a little more uncommon here with this prospect.

The 5-star RB just established a top five of Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Texas A&M and USC this past week.

He ranks as the nation’s No. 2 RB and No. 27 overall prospect (247Sports Composite ratings) for 2023.

Owens just delivered a season in 2021 that would be hard for really old school Tecmo Bowl, old school NCAA Football and the modern Madden player to match in video game football.

  • 2899 yards on 12.1 yards per carry as a junior
  • 12 games of 100-plus yards and 223 rushing yards per game in 2021
  • 46 rushing TDs in 13 games
  • 4500 rushing yards and 76 TDs for his past two seasons.
  • Rushing average of 11.6 yards per attempt as a marked man in 2020 and 2021
  • Caught 15 passes for 252 yards (16.8 ypc) in 2021
  • Was named The MaxPreps.com National Junior Player of the Year for 2021

Yet talk to him or his father for just a few minutes. Ask a different question or two.

Owens wants to be a coach. He has long planned to study Kinesiology. Then he will be able to coach running backs one day when his time in the game is up.

“I could be a linebacker coach,” he said last year. “Teach them all how to stop running backs.”

Simply put, we don’t embed too many highlights like these on this page.

“I don’t consider myself a three-down back,” he said. “I consider myself a four-down back.”

What really stands out to him about Georgia at this time?

“The best thing I like is the running back system,” Owens said. “Coach [Dell] McGee has its RB-by-committee. Everyone has a role and he keeps the backs fresh.”

He will be in Athens all day on Saturday.

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5-star RB Rueben Owens II was once committed to Texas.
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Rueben Owens II: Why Georgia has stayed in it for Owens

Georgia first offered him back in January of 2020.

The 6-foot, 200-pound junior knew the Bulldogs were a championship contender and thought the program operated with “class and dignity.” He said then he even liked the UGA the dog, too.

Give him points for already knowing the name of the mascot when he was a high school freshman.

“RO” also had Georgia among his top five schools a year ago at this time, too.

He said Oklahoma had recruited him harder than any other school back then. He saw how their fan base showed him so much love on Twitter.

That said, he chose to stay home with an early commitment prior to his junior season. Owens committed to Texas in February of 2021. He backed off that pledge on June 17, 2021.

He never had a dream school growing up. In the early steps of his career, he was already treating it like a business. The 5-star RB played basketball, ran track and won the long jump at big meets. He said he already had a great group of mentors around him.

Owens was already the type of recruit that would thank a reporter for his time. He said he just cared about what his name stood for. He wanted to let a great impression on people.

“That is what’s most important to me,” he told DawgNation on Friday,” Owens said. “Football is only a small piece of who I want to be in life. It is bigger than football. I want to inspire and uplift my community and people that come from struggle like me.”

It meant a lot to him to be an out-of-state kid with an offer from a prestigious school like UGA. He made a point to visit UGA back in July.

There was also a great unofficial visit last fall for the South Carolina game. It came when everyone was in town, including that Arch Manning fella.

“Last visit was a good experience,” he said. “They treated me like a priority and I felt the love from the staff.”

The El Campo standout wanted to be in Charlotte for the Clemson game. To sit on the Georgia side. But couldn’t make it. He thought that Georgia had a chance to win the national championship in 2021.

“UGA proved to me that they can do what it takes to win the big game,” Owens said.

He will be in town through Sunday.

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Rueben Owens III, the 5-star junior RB from Texas, was in Athens on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, for the Georgia-South Carolina game at Sanford Stadium. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
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