Versatile OL/DL Breyun Owens picks UTSA


Breyun Owens (Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie) can play anywhere on the offensive or defensive lines. It’s that versatility that seemed to attract UTSA.

It was the athletic and academic opportunities that allowed Owens to return the favor late Sunday. Owens confirmed on Monday he has committed to the Roadrunners, becoming the program’s seventh known commit of the 2013 recruiting class.

Owens, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound lineman, lines up at offensive guard for South Grand Prairie, but he can play center on offense and also has been evaluated as a defensive tackle. He was recruited by UTSA defensive line coach Eric Roark.

“I originally camped as a DT, but they saw me play center and right guard,” Owens said. “Right guard is my main position at my school, but they said they like me a lot on both sides of the line.

“I think my versatility helps me a lot, especially on the offensive line. There’s a certain amount of aggression you need to play both positions. It helps to have a high defensive motor when playing on the offensive line.”

Owens had additional offers from North Texas, Northwestern State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Stephen F. Austin and McMurry. He had early interest from Oklahoma and Texas Tech, as well as Ivy League schools Penn, Princeton and Harvard.

Owens, a state-qualifying wrestler during the off-season, said he plans on balancing football with his pursuit of becoming either a physical therapist or an anesthesiologist. UTSA has a recognizable medical school, which was a major factor in his decision.

“The educational aspect of it really caught my eye,” said Owens, who owns a 3.87 grade-point average and is in the top 15 percent of his senior class of roughly 900 students. “I want to study medicine, and the medical school is only five miles from UTSA.”

Owens said he is planning an official visit to San Antonio and is looking to converse with players and coaches. Of the other six 2013 commits, one is his high school teammate and good friend, three-star linebacker Kenneth O’Neal.

Owens said he is excited about the opportunity and is looking forward to putting on a Roadrunners uniform -- regardless of where he lines up.

“I don’t care where I play,” he said. Wherever they put me, I just want to play hard, because that’s all I’ve been taught. They can put me anywhere on the line. I just want go out and win.”