Owens Displaying His Versatility

TCU commit Jarrell Owens has helped Palestine to a 3-0 record in 2013.

When TCU landed a commitment from Palestine, TX defensive end Jarrell Owens, they landed one of the state's most versatile athletes.

Whether it's at receiver, runningback, linebacker or defensive end, Owens has excelled this season in helping the Wildcats to a perfect start to the 2013 season.

"We're 3-0 right now," Owens said of his team's season. "I think we're ranked 24th or something, we should be ranked lower by now after beating Kaufman. I haven't checked."

At 6-foot-3, 235-pounds, Owens is typically the most physically gifted player on the field. Against Jacksonville two weeks ago Owens caught a 66-yard touchdown as a receiver and he also rushed for over 70 yards and a touchdown at runningback. That's not to mention his stellar play on defense where he has lined up at linebacker, defensive end and even nose guard this season.

Owens relishes the opportunity to show his versatility.

"It's a good chance for me to show what I can do on the field," he said. "To me it's just all part of the game of football. I can play runningback, receiver, defensive end and linebacker. I think I can do it all."

Since his commitment to TCU, Owens says for the most part his recruitment has been quiet. That is of course with the exception of a fellow Big 12 program; Texas Tech.

"I still get calls from TCU and Tech but I really haven't gotten any calls from other schools so far," Owens said. "It should pick up later on but right now it's still kind of silent."

Speaking of Texas Tech, Owens said he watched the Horned Frogs and Red Raiders square off on national television last Thursday in a game that saw Tech prevail; 20-10. Despite the loss, Owens isn't getting any second thoughts and is as solid as ever to the Horned Frogs; noting that one head-to-head loss doesn't change his thoughts at all on the program.

"It was a good game, I think both of them came out and played but Tech got the best of them this time," Owens said of the game. "I think TCU is a good school, no matter who they lose to or who they're playing they're still a great school. They still have a great coaching staff and everything else. They're still my number one school; we just couldn't hold up."

Owens says he has a good relationship with Texas Tech safeties coach Trey Haverty and he received a call not long after the Raiders won over TCU. Owens visited Texas Tech over the summer and Haverty has asked the TCU commit for a return visit but Owens says that's not likely to happen.

"He called me and wanted me to come up there for a game but I don't think I'll be doing it because of the ride; it's just so many hours away and I hate traveling," Owens said of his conversation with Haverty. "So, it would be a hard time for me to get up there."

Despite TCU's loss to Texas Tech, he was still impressed with the Horned Frogs defense on the night. He knows the chance of seeing significant playing time awaits him in Ft. Worth.

"I can't wait; I'm just taking it all in with my team and high school and hopefully we make it all the way to state," he said. "Once we do that, it's time for me to gear up and come to TCU and continue shining."

Owens stays in contact with TCU as much as he can through Facebook and phone calls with Jarrett Anderson and Gary Patterson.

"Coach Anderson is the main coach I talk to and I've Coach Patterson and talked with him a couple of times," he said. "It's mostly them that I talk to."

Owens has already watched TCU play LSU in person and he's planning on attending as many TCU games as his schedule permits this season.

"Hopefully I'll be able to make a bunch of their home games," he said.


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