Owens Flips to Bruins

Pasadena (Calif.) Muir running back Tairen Owens made a decision late Friday night to play his home games in his hometown...

Pasadena (Calif.) Muir running back Tairen Owens was Washington's first commitment in the class of 2012.

Offered by Demetrice Martin when he was with the Huskies, Owens got some good news from one of the schools he grew up rooting for.

"UCLA offered me on Wednesday," said Owens.

Owens then took the next 48 hours to debate where he'd end up and on Friday night, made his decision.

"I committed just a little bit ago tonight," said Owens.

Owens also had an offer from Arizona State, where Noel Mazzone was the offensive coordinator and they had envisioned Owens fitting in a myriad of ways for the Sun Devils.

But he stuck with the Huskies.

That all changed when the Bruins offered him this week.

"I switched because I feel that it's a better fit for me," said Owens. "I get to stay home in Pasadena and things will be much more convenient for me and my family."

And Martin's move from Montlake to Westwood also played a key role.

"Coach Martin was recruiting me for Washington is now at UCLA and now he's recruiting me even harder, which makes our connection that much stronger," said Owens.

On the year, Owens had 1,000 all-purpose yards with nine touchdowns and added 32 tackles.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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