The only school that was mentioned by his coach was
However, don't read too much into that just yet, other than the fact that the Wildcats have caught running back Tyrone Ross' eye in the early stages.
Ross, a three-year starter for Tyler (
"He has the ability to run for power, over and through people if he puts his shoulder down," he said. "But he can also outrun anyone on the field too. He can do anything he wants out there."
Owens said there is nothing Ross, who benches 320 pounds and squats over 500, needs to do to improve his game, which is quite the praise from a coach.
"All I want him to do for us next year is the same thing he's done every year he's played for me," he said of Ross, who runs a 4.38 40 at 5-foot-8 180 pounds. "He's mad at me right now because I'm letting him scrimmage in the spring practices. I don't want to lose him for next year. I already know what he can do."
Ross averaged 8.3 yards per carry en route to 2,980 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. He also had 33 receptions for 520 yards and six scores.
But while Owens understands the attention his backfield prize will receive in the fall, he tries to stay out of the recruiting process.
"I let them handle that," he said. "I don't want to try to
influence them any way. I don't need them coming back here in two years blaming
me for their decisions. I just help when they ask for it. All I know about
Tyrone is that he talks a lot about
"I know he wants to go where he can be used like the kid at K-State."
Owens said Ross is already accustomed to attention because of his success on the field in high school and that he handles it well.
"He's been in the limelight since he was a freshman," he said. "He doesn't get a big head about it. He knows how to carry himself and what is important. He takes it all in stride."