LSU Football: Is a 5-star Texas commit on the verge of flipping to the Tigers?

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LSU football is working hard to flip a 2023 Texas commit.

Five-star running back Rueben Owens, 5-foot-11/187 lbs from El Campo, TX (El Campo), committed to the Longhorns in late February.

But that doesn’t mean he’s stopped looking around at other programs.

In fact, Owens recently took a visit to Baton Rouge.

LSU football gives Rueben Owens something to think about

Owens is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 2 running back in the country and the No. 4 player in Texas. He’s also ranked as the No. 24 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class.

That’s why LSU is still pursuing Owens, despite his commitment to Texas.

Owens visited LSU this week and spoke to about his trip.

And it’s clear from Owens’ comments that the Tigers have a legitimate shot to flip the five-star running back.

According to, Owens said the trip was “eye-opening” and gave him a lot to think about.

After this visit, it seems extremely likely that Owens will decommit from Texas, essentially reopening his recruitment.

There’s a lot of time left in this recruiting battle. And Owens could still end up at Texas. But LSU is definitely a major player in the battle for one of the nation’s top 2023 recruits.

Something working in the Tigers’ favor is Owen’s relationship with 2022 LSU commit Jacoby Mathews, a five-star safety from Louisiana.

Owens and Mathews play on the same 7-on-7 team. That relationship could prove to be key in LSU’s efforts to land the talented running back.

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The Tigers don’t currently have any players committed to their 2023 recruiting class.