As recently as last summer, Plano East safety Tyler Owens remained largely under the radar, boasting only a handful of Power 5 offers ahead of his final season among the high school ranks. In the months since, Owens has committed to and ultimately signed with the Texas Longhorns, and furthermore, put forth a sensational senior season showing that will now see Owens serve as the headliner of Tom Herman’s 2019 class.
On Tuesday, ahead of the outlet’s complete rankings, 247Sports released the list of five-stars featured in the final Top247 rankings, and among that bunch is Owens, whose meteoric rise continued and now has him slotted as the nation’s No. 3 safety and as the No. 24 player overall.
“The jump from Owens’ junior season to senior season film was eye-popping. He showed fluidity and effortless athleticism throughout practice at the All-American Bowl that was rare. Owens may legitimately be the best all-around athlete in the entire 2019 cycle. At 6-foot-3, there’s so much that a talent like that can develop into.”
The latest jump into the top 25 nationally signifies yet another significant step forward for the versatile safety prospect. Prior to the updated Top247, Owens was dubbed as the No. 76 player in his class and sat outside of the top 10 at his position as the nation’s No. 13 safety. Last March, Owens debuted in the Top247 rankings as the nation’s No. 898 overall prospect, as noted by Jeff Howe of Horns247, and when the 247Sports Composite rankings are taken into consideration, Owens was later listed as low as the No. 45 safety in his class upon earning an offer from the Longhorns in late July.
Of course, that’s no longer the case, and just a handful of months removed from that ranking, Owens is now revered as one of the top talents that the entire country has to offer.
BON’s Joe Hamilton previously detailed what makes Owens such an intriguing prospect.
“Owens has the versatility to play any position on the back-end of the defense and has the frame to potentially grow into an outside linebacker. He possesses striking speed and has that headhunter mentality when recognizing where the play is going.”
“Something else that stands out about Owens game is that he’s able to move in space exceptionally well while reading the quarterbacks eyes. Quarterbacks at the high school level are intimidated by Owens presence and shy away from throwing the ball his way because of the amount of ground he covers in a hurry.”
Set to arrive on campus in the summer, Owens already presents a stout frame at 6’2, 197, and his instinctive, hard-hitting nature paired with his elite athleticism and 10.3 100-meter speed will seemingly demand playing time as Texas retools its secondary.
“I definitely can see myself getting in that mix,” Owens previously told BON of his thoughts on competing in a secondary that signed six All-Americans in 2018, and then another two in 2019, as Owens is now an All-American, as well. “Coach [Craig] 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.”
With Owens’ latest promotion in the Top247 rankings, the Plano East product becomes the fourth five-star safety to sign with the Longhorns throughout the previous two classes, as DeMarvion Overshown (No. 1 S), Caden Sterns (No. 2 S), and B.J. Foster (No. 3 S) each finished as five-star talents, as well.