There are two running backs worthy of the fifth star: Justice Haynes and Richard Young. Haynes gets my vote to be the first.
Haynes is just as special, scoring 2,375 yards with 29 scores and walking 10 passes with 12 more yards in 12 games with two more touchdowns. Haynes has that mix of strength and speed with fantastic field vision and ankle-breaking cuts. He is the real deal.
Young is slotted just behind Haynes in the running back group. The young man is waiting for a human highlight to happen. Opposing teams know Young is going to get rock and he’s still at the top of the 1,700-yard mark in 10 games with 19 touchdowns. He even threw for a score.
Haynes and Young have NFL talent and everyone will have the opportunity to be the center of crime for any school.
Although the 2022 NFL Draft did not see a run back from the board until the second round, the need for an elite, all-purpose race that could open up an NFL offense still continues. Looking at some mock drafts for a more in-depth draft class in 2023, Bijan Robinson, Jahmir Gibbs, Zach Evans and Devon Aachen are all names that are in first round consideration and names that could compete at a higher level in the NFL.
Check out all of these names and you’ll see direct links to Ruben Owens’ recruitment. Texas (Robinson), TCU (Evans’ former team) and Texas A&M (Aachen) are on his list and Texas Running back coach Tashred Choice Gibbs has been the position coach at Georgia Tech for the past two seasons.
Owens’ all-purpose ability was on display in his junior season, but it was on the 7-on-7 circuit this spring where Owens really excelled in the receiving game. It certainly helped his case that he ran about 3,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his junior year at El Campo. His frame and speed are translatable features for the next level, and he seems to be a sure first round pick.