Open Post | Tuesday, May 11th

2023 RB Commit Rueben Owens II Ready To Start Recruiting
– CJ Vogel

With the Texas State track meet in Austin, it was provided a good opportunity to run into 2023 Texas commit and El Campo RB Rueben Owens II.

Owens finished third in the Long Jump competition after qualifying as a wild card in his regional and is set to run Thursday Night in the 4×200 relay.

“Earlier when we were warming up, we got to go in the stadium and warm up there,” Owens said. “It was pretty nice, I loved it.”

Owens said he could certainly picture himself on that field in just a couple of years.

Being the only commit in the 2023 class, Owens has the attention of the entire offensive staff for the moment, something he appreciates.

“I talk to all of those guys,” Owens said, who was making his visit back to Austin since his freshman year before Covid. “I talk with Coach Drayton and Coach Sark, Coach B. Harris. All of those guys.”

I asked Owens if he was trying to do any recruiting of his own so far. The one name he was rather quick to bring up is 5-star Louisiana QB Arch Manning. If you remember, there was a photo of the two of them that surfaced about two weeks ago of Owens at Manning’s house in Louisiana.

“It was nice, we threw the ball a little bit,” Owens said. “We (SnapChat) a lot. One day I was in New Orleans and he was like ‘Do you want to hang out?’ So he came and picked me up and we just chilled after that.”

The dead period ends at the conclusion of the month of May and Owens said he is ready to get out on some visits. He listed LSU, Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M and USC this summer.

I was able to confirm what DT reported a couple weeks ago about the June 11-13 weekend is going to be massive for the 2023 class. DeSoto’s Johntay Cook, Arch Manning, Braylon James and Ashton Cozart are all going to be there on the offensive side of the ball.

Commitment Analysis | Linebacker Devin Richardson
– D.T.

The Longhorns have a need at Linebacker with their switch to a new system and with the loss of Juwan Mitchell to the transfer portal. The Longhorns took a step towards addressing that need over the Spring Game weekend with the commitment of former New Mexico State LB Devin Richardson.

What’s Texas getting in Richardson?

Ranking: Richardson was a consensus 3-Star recruit as a member of the 2018 class.

Size: 6’3 235

Offers (in portal): Washington State, Liberty, Texas State, Louisiana-Monroe

Analysis: Richardson has ties to the state of Texas as a Klein High School product. He was lightly recruited as a prep, with offers from New Mexico, New Mexico State, and Southern as his best options. He briefly held an offer from Utah. Richardson appeared in four contests as a True Freshman for the Aggies before redshirting the remainder of the 2018 season. As a Redshirt Freshman in 2019, he was selected as a Football Writers Association Freshman All-American after totaling 69 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles in 10 contests. New Mexico State didn’t play this past fall. They did play this spring, however, and he posted 8 tackles in a game against Tarleton State on February 21st.

On the highlights below, you’ll see what I’m about to say. Richardson is a heck of an athlete with impressive movement ability. There is footage of him dropping into Zone coverage against Washington State while lined up in the A-gap that illustrates that point. He has impressive burst to the football and can be seen lining up both at Outside Backer and Inside Backer during his team’s last full season. 

As far as the lack of “big-time” offers go, you see that Washington State offered him while he was in the portal. They played against him so they know first-hand what type of talent that he is. I think that Texas learned a lesson from offering John Ridgeway at Illinois State, who now holds double-digit offers after Texas initially offered him last week. Schools and recruiters get lazy sometimes and copy each other. Texas scouted and discovered Ridgeway but now they have to fight for him. 

I think that they (being Jeff Choate and Pete Kwiatkowski) discovered Richardson and decided that they needed an answer before offering this one. They got the answer that they needed and could potentially have a major sleeper pick-up injecting more life into the LB room heading into summer workouts.

Richardson will have 3 seasons of eligibility remaining as a Redshirt Sophomore. 

Instant Impact Rating: 5. Should provide immediate depth and could possibly be a depth chart shaker if he’s as good as his numbers and highlights suggest.

More Linebacker Transfer News
Super K

***Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that the Texas staff has been putting in some serious portal interest, especially as it pertains to linebackers.

***It seems pretty obvious they were not overly excited with what they had in the linebacker room. You don’t need a source to tell you that. But, I have one anyway and the obvious, I’m told, is true.

***Back on April 15th, I mentioned that Texas has their eyes on a particular linebacker down south who is not yet in the portal but word going around is that he is considering entry into the portal.

The entire April 15th post read as follows:

As you know, Texas linebacker, Juwan Mitchell, recently re-entered the transfer portal. Additionally, DeMarvion Overshown underwent off-season surgery causing him to miss spring ball. Not ideal when you consider this is a new defensive scheme.

Word is Texas has been on the lookout for transfer linebackers. I actually got word from a source that they have their eye on a particular linebacker down south who is not yet in the portal but has been considering it.

Also, we heard yesterday via a source that there is mutual interest between Texas and USC transfer linebacker and former five star, Palaie Gaoteote IV.

Per USC’s official site, Palaie’s playing career to date:

He has 105 tackles, including 7.5 for losses for 21 yards (with 2 sacks for minus 11 yards), in his career.  He has appeared in 20 games, with 14 starts, in his career.

The other prospect we heard who is considering entering the transfer portal will actually be in Austin later this month. I’ve heard that if he decides to enter the portal, UT will be an option he seriously considers.

***I can confirm that the mystery linebacker did make it to Austin this past weekend. He has some ties to the area so he came to check it out. He is still not in the portal but again if he does enter the portal Texas is the likely landing spot.

***Also, told that even if Texas lands the USC LB transfer, Palaie Gaoteote, they will still want the mystery linebacker.

***We also recently noted that our sources indicated Palaie  Gaoteote is likely to end up at Texas. However, in the post we noted that Ohio State would likely land Henry To’oto’o which would ensure they wouldn’t pursue Palaie. Well, Nick Saban did his Nick Saban things and landed Henry despite what Henry told people around him his plans were.

***I note that because I’m not sure if Ohio State will track back and pursue Palaie now and if that will change the likelihood of Texas landing the USC transfer linebacker. As of now, we are sticking with our position that Texas leads. But what Ohio State decides to do and whether that will matter to Palaie at this point is something we are watching.