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Palestine’s Jarrell Owens Commits to TCU

Palestine’s Jarrell Owens runs the ball during the Wildcats’ 30-27 first-round playoff loss to Carthage at Lufkin’s Abe Martin Stadium last November. (Lee Loveless, ETSN.fm)
Palestine LB Jarrell Owens. (Courtesy photo)

TCU recently lost a commitment from an East Texas player, but it didn’t take long for the Horned Frogs to pick up another Piney Woods pledge.

Palestine’s Jarrell Owens committed to TCU on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Palestine coaching staff. TCU offered Owens only a week ago.

Owens is the second East Texan in the 2014 class to commit to TCU. Longview defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson pledged to the Horned Frogs in late February.

TCU lost a commitment from Center 2015 safety Johnny Shaw last week when Shaw committed to Texas after the Longhorns offered him in person at a camp in Austin.

Owens, whose commitment was first reported by ESPN.com, is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound recruit in the 2014 class that has blossomed in recent weeks and months on the recruiting trail.

Owens has grabbed schools’ attention during various camp stops after a junior season that saw him limited because of a nagging injury. He played running back when he was healthy, but is expected to move to defense full time in college, most likely at defensive end or linebacker.

Owens ran for 283 yards and eight touchdowns on 60 carries in 2012, when the Wildcats went 7-4 with a Class 3A Division I Region III first-round playoff appearance.

Owens is 1 of 3 Palestine players in the 2014 class with at least one offer entering the summer. Running back Ben Luckett (6-0, 195) and offensive lineman Brian Thlang (6-2, 290) have also been offered by ULM. Thlang committed to ULM on June 12.

2014 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Terry Ausborne, S, John Tyler, 5-10, 175 — offer from SMU (1)
  • Blake Bogenschutz, QB, Carthage, 6-1, 175 — offer from UTSA (1)
  • Jacob Bragg, OL, Nacogdoches, 6-4, 310 — offer from Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Oregon State, ULM (4)
  • K.D. Cannon, WR, Mount Pleasant, 6-0, 160 — offers from Arizona, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Houston, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Purdue, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia (21)
  • Caleb Chumley, QB/ATH, Pine Tree, 6-5, 220 — offers from Houston, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, North Texas, Oregon State, Texas State (7)
  • Joseph Clark, RB/S, Chapel Hill, 5-9, 175 — offers from Air Force, Texas State (2)
  • Kade Clayton, ATH, Tyler Grace, 6-0, 180 — offer from SMU, Texas State (2)
  • Terrell Cuney, C, Jasper, 6-3, 260 — committed to Texas; additional offers from TCU, Texas Tech (3)
  • Adrian Goodacre, OL, Carthage, 6-4, 310 — offer from ULL (1)
  • Tee Goree, WR, Carthage, 6-2, 168 — offer from Louisiana Tech, Memphis, ULL, ULM (4)
  • Davion Hall, ATH, Liberty-Eylau, 6-2, 191 — committed to Baylor; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, SMU, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (9)
  • Zaycoven Henderson, DT, Longview, 6-1, 287 — committed to TCU; additional offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Texas Tech (7)
  • Willy Ivery, ATH, Sulphur Springs, 5-8, 180 — offers from Colorado State, New Mexico, North Texas, Texas State, Toledo (5)
  • Jamal Jeffery, WR, Lufkin, 5-9, 165 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
  • Chris Jefferson, ATH, Athens, 6-2, 200 — committed to SMU (1)
  • Ben Luckett, RB, Palestine, 6-0, 195 — offer from ULM (1)
  • Dorian Leonard, WR, Longview, 6-4, 200 — committed to Texas; offers from Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego State, Texas Tech (6)
  • Patrick Mahomes, QB, Whitehouse, 6-3, 203 — committed to Texas Tech; additional offers from Houston, North Texas, Rice (4); also has Arizona, Arkansas, Houston baseball offers
  • Jarrell Owens, LB/DE, Palestine, 6-3, 230 — committed to TCU; additional offers from Texas State, Texas Tech, ULM (4)
  • Greg Roberts, DE, Nacogdoches, 6-5, 210 — offer from Baylor (1)
  • Anthony Rhone, LB, Texas High, 6-0, 205 — offer from SMU (1)
  • Okeeron Rutherford, WR, Carthage, 6-5, 181 — offer from ULM (1)
  • Anthony Sanders, ATH, Athens, 5-11, 185 – offer from ULM (1)
  • Kevin Shorter, RB/S, Newton, 6-0, 190 — offers from Arkansas, Army, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kansas, LSU, Maryland, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, ULM, Utah (22)
  • Brian Thlang, OL, Palestine, 6-2, 290 — committed ULM (1)
  • Justin Twine, ATH, Hemphill, 5-10, 195 — committed to TCU for baseball; additional football offer from Baylor (1)
  • Josh Walker, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-1, 220 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech (4)
  • D.J. Williams, DT, Lufkin, 6-4, 293 — offers from Miami, Missouri, North Texas, Oklahoma (4)
  • Jeffery Wilson, RB, Elkhart, 6-0, 190 — offers from New Mexico State, North Texas, ULM (3)

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