When the Texas Longhorns coaching staff feels that you’re a quality fit for the program, they don’t have an issue with a prospect pulling the trigger.
Three-star defensive back Tyler Owens was a player who caught the staff’s eye and was presented with an offer at the end of last month while on campus for the Stars at Night event.
“It was pretty live,” Owens told Burnt Orange Nation. “I had couple of my friends from my 7on7 team there with me, and we cut up out there.”
The Plano East standout has been receiving an extensive amount of attention from the programs, with offers stemming from schools such Baylor, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, and UCLA, among others. Many of those involved in Owens’ recruitment have entertained the idea of playing multiple positions or switching his primary position.
“Schools have definitely mentioned to me about playing receiver and running back,” Owens said.
When asked how the recruiting process has been thus far, Owens said, “It’s been going pretty smooth. Everyone’s been showing me a lot of love.”
While schools like Baylor and UCLA have been highly in the running for Owens, the Longhorns still hold a firm spot within his recruitment. Texas safeties coach Craig Naivar is a huge reason for that. Owens and Naivar have built a strong relationship over the past months.
“[Texas] is high up there with a couple of other schools,” Owens said. “I’m real close with Coach Naivar. I talk to [him] a couple of times a week, we’ll get on the phone and talk about how things are going and how the Texas defense works.”
Not only has Naivar left a sturdy impression on Owens, but head coach Tom Herman is someone Owens deems as relatable and could see himself being coached by in the future.
“Coach Herman sat me down in his office and talked to me about his history as a coach with other players,” Owens said. “I see that he’s real close and connected with his players, and I feel like I’d be straight if I go up there.”
A DB-heavy 2018 class is seen as a plus for Owens — he can see himself getting in the mix and playing with an already stacked secondary.
“I definitely can see myself getting in that mix,” Owens said. “Coach Naivar was explaining to me how all of the guys in the secondary rotate and how they have six defensive backs on the field at times. It’s real smooth how they all work in.”
Owens plans on committing late in September or early October. He wants to get a feel for how teams are looking for the early part of the season before he makes a decision. Expect Owens to make another visit to Texas before he makes a verbal commitment.