2023 running back focus for Texas football after losing Rueben Owens

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Jeremiah Cobb, Texas Football

On the evening of June 20, El Campo, TX, running back and former Texas football pledge Rueben Owens announced his commitment to the University of Louisville. The announcement came as a shock to many given Scott Satterfield’s early struggles as the Louisville head coach. As the top-ranked running back in the class of 2023, Owens had his choice of virtually any university in the country.

Owens, a former Texas commit, was the Longhorns’ top target at the running back position in the 2023 cycle. After committing to the Horns in February of 2021, he announced his de-commitment just four months later. With that said, many still believed Texas was at the top of the list to land his signature.

Although the 2022 Texas running back room is arguably the strongest in the nation, the question for Steve Sarkisian and company now becomes, what other running backs do they look at in the 2023 cycle?

What’s next for Texas football after missing on 5-Star RB Rueben Owens?

With Bijan Robinson likely to enter next year’s NFL Draft, the carries for the 2023 version of the Longhorns are seemingly up for grabs.

Roschon Johnson could stay on campus for a fifth season and Keilan Robinson will likely stick it out one more year. Current underclassmen Jonathon Brooks and Jaydon Blue will certainly be in the mix, but as Texas fans know from recent seasons, you can never have too many scholarship running backs on the roster.

Already committed to the class of 2023 is Tre Wisner. Out of DeSoto (TX) High School, Wisner is the 16th ranked running back in the 247 Composite. Wisner committed to the Longhorns on April 23 and seems locked in.

With that said, it is still important to ask the question, where will Texas go from here?

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