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UCLA steals one from the Huskies

1/7/2012

UCLA stole one from Washington Friday when running back Tairen Owens (Pasadena, Calif./Muir) flipped his commitment to the Bruins.

Owens was the first commitment in this class for the Huskies but the Bruins offered him on Wednesday and were able to seal the deal a few days later.

“UCLA is just a better fit for me because of the location,” Owens said. “My family is really important to me and now they can come see me play or practice whenever they want because UCLA is literally around the corner for me. I have a great relationship with Demetrice Martin, who recruited me to Washington and once he got the UCLA job, I started praying I would get a UCLA offer.

“I like how UCLA plans to use me on offense as well. They plan to play in the backfield, in the slot, and basically move me all over the place to take advantage of mismatches. I’ll return kicks, too, so I’m excited. I’ve always liked UCLA and once they offered me earlier in the week, I knew I was going there. This is really like a dream come true and I’m excited to be a Bruin.”

Owens is teammates with elite corner Kevon Seymour and said he’ll work on him no matter what school the DB chooses at the U.S Army All-American Bowl.

“I talked to him Thursday and he wouldn’t even tell me where he was going,” Owens said. “We’ll see what happens but either way, I’m going to talk to him about UCLA and would love to play with him in college.”