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El Campo's Rueben Owens, nation's No. 1 running back, decommits from Louisville

El Campo senior RB and five-star recruit Rueben Owens, the country's top running back prospect in the Class of 2023, announced his decommitment from Louisville late Wednesday afternoon

El Campo senior running back Rueben Owens — a five-star recruit and the nation's No. 1 RB prospect in the Class of 2023 — has officially reopened his recruitment.

Owens revealed that he plans to decommit from Louisville late Wednesday afternoon, taking to Twitter to announce his decision and future intentions.

"This is bittersweet for me, due to all the relationships that have been developed," he wrote in a Twitter statement. "After talking to my parents and taking everything into consideration I have decided to decommit from the University of Louisville."

Owens, who originally committed to the Louisville Cardinals in late July, is regarded by 247 Sports as the No. 1 running back nationally and one of the top three Texas high school football prospects in the 2023 recruiting class.

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He currently holds offers from more than 40 Division I college football programs including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and USC among many others.

Owens ended an illustrious high school career this fall as a three-year varsity starter at El Campo by leading the Ricebirds to the area round of the Class 4A Division I Texas high school football playoffs.

He ranked as one of the Lone Star State's active career leaders in rushing yards and TDs entering his senior year.

The senior running back finished his 2022 campaign with 1,781 rushing yards and 25 touchdown runs on 213 carries for the Ricebirds, as well as catching nine passes for 123 yards and a receiving touchdown.

Owens was selected to SBLive's All-East Texas Football First Team and was also a first-team honoree on SBLive's All-State Texas Football teams for his performance as a junior during the 2021 season, when he ran for 2,989 yards and 46 touchdowns on 248 carries and caught 15 passes for 252 receiving yards and two touchdown catches.

He wraps up his high school career for the Ricebirds with 7,089 rushing yards and 101 TDs on 601 carries.

Owens will be set to return to action on the gridiron for an appearance in the All-American Bowl at noon Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.