"I've got to do what's right for me," Owens told his hometown newspaper. "It wasn’t working out like it should for me ... this was a move I needed to make."
Matt Hennesy was Owens' high school coach. He said a main reason for Owens' departure includes the ill health of his mother.
"His mom is sick and he wants to come home and get closer to her," Hennesy said on Tuesday afternoon. "I don't think he was unhappy at OU and think he would have started next year."
He's transferring to Tulsa.