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Texas Tech Offers Palestine’s Jarrell Owens

Palestine’s Jarrell Owens (29) runs the ball during the Wildcats’ 30-27 first-round playoff loss to Carthage at Lufkin’s Abe Martin Stadium last November. (Lee Loveless,

The first offer has arrived for Palestine two-way standout Jarrell Owens.

The Wildcat coaching staff confirmed just after noon Tuesday that Texas Tech offered Owens during a visit to Palestine’s campus.

A 6-foot-3, 238-pound prospect in the 2014 class, Owens was also receiving campus visits from Oklahoma and Texas A&M on Tuesday afternoon. North Texas was in town to check out 2014 offensive lineman Brian Thlang (6-2, 290) and 2014 running back Ben Luckett (6-0, 195).

Palestine RB/LB Jarrell Owens. (Courtesy photo)

Schools have recruited Owens as a linebacker, defensive end, running back, and receiver, but his likely college spot is on defense. Owens hopes to stay relatively close to home in college.

Owens’ 2012 season was limited to a few games because of a lingering injury, which also prevented him from playing much defense. Nevertheless, he was productive at tailback in his limited action, rushing 60 times for 283 yards and eight touchdowns.

To say Texas Tech has been active in recruiting East Texas in recent weeks is a gross understatement.

The Red Raiders, who play their first season this fall under new head coach and former quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, received a recent commitment from Whitehouse 2014 quarterback Patrick Mahomes and have offered seven other 2014 prospects from East Texas, in addition to five more in the 2015 class.

East Texans in 2014 Class with Texas Tech Offers


East Texans in 2015 Class with Texas Tech Offers

  • KeyVantanie “KeKe” Coutee, ATH, Lufkin, 5-10, 170 (2 offers)
  • Justin Dunning, WR/S, Whitehouse, 6-3, 196 (1 offer)
  • JaMycal Hasty, RB, Longview, 5-9, 184 (1 offer)
  • Daylon Mack, DT, Gladewater, 6-2, 297 (7 offers)
  • Larry Pryor, WR/S, Sulphur Springs, 6-1, 185 (3 offers)


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