Apr. 7 -- Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West athlete Darian Owens checked out UCLA over the weekend and said the Bruins are his new leader right now...
is one of the region's top two-way performers. He was our top receiver at the NorCal NIKE Camp in Oakland last May and is equally talented as a safety. He has a nice frame at a well built 6-0, 200 pounds, runs well and plays with toughness. He shows good football instincts as well and is one of those players that always seems to be around the ball.
We talked with Owens a month ago at the Pylon 7v7 tourney in Las Vegas and he said the two schools on him hardest were UCLA
. He was in Westwood over the weekend to visit the Bruins.
"I was there Friday and Saturday and loved it there," Owens said. "I have a pretty strong relationship with Coach Yarber, even though we've only talked a few times. We spent a lot of time together Friday breaking down routes and plays and talking about how they would use me.
"They talked to me about playing on both sides of the ball but I spent most of the time with Yarbs. The campus is beautiful and everything was nice. It felt like home to me and that's what I'm looking for. My options are still open but right now, UCLA is my leader."
Owens said Friday he did the campus tour and got a lot of one on one time with the coaches and Saturday was a chance to watch the team practice and get a feel for how he would fit in.
"Coach Yarber said they want to move me around all over," Owens said. "I would play outside and in the slot and that works for me. I'm still keeping my options open and I'm still planning to visit Washington for Junior Day April 18th.
"It's possible I could make a summer decision and if I make it to The Opening, I could do it there. Like I said, I'm still open to other schools and want to go through the process a little more but when I feel ready and I'm comfortable, I'll go ahead and pull the trigger."