Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West four-star receiver Darian Owens (6-1, 200) named his top seven schools this past weekend.
“I like it there (at UCLA) a lot," said Owens. "When I went to go check it out, Coach Yarbs (Eric Yarber) and I talked it up for 90 minutes, breaking down the field, defensive schemes and seeing where I fit in."
Owens said Yarber told him where he's at on their board.
"I saw where I am on the board, and I’m one of their No. 1 receivers on their board," said Owens.
Once looked at as a slot, UCLA likes his versatility at receiver.
"They also like me for both sides, in the slot and the outside," said Owens.
And another Fresno product, UCLA signee Bolu Olorunfunmi, is recruiting Owens too.
"Bolu and I work out at the same place and you could say he’s working on me," said Owens.
(For a breakdown of the other six teams, click here)
Owens has yet to be invited to a postseason All-American game, but if he does, there is a chance he’ll announce his decision there.
“If I do get an invite to one of the games, there is a possibility I’ll announce there,” said Owens. “But that would be the earliest, it would be no time before then. I want to take all five official visits.”
And there is a good chance that all of his official visits take him to schools outside California.
“I’ll probably take the officials to the schools out of the stae,” said Owens.
Owens said that everyone likes him as a receiver, save Washington and USC.
“USC and Washington like me as a DB, but everyone else is as a receiver,” said Owens. “My heart is there and I’m not as comfortable on the defensive side as I am on offense. A couple people want me there but I’d played receiver most of my career.”
When his offers first started coming in, Owens was looked at more as a slot guy, but as he’s gotten bigger, a true receiver position is more likely his destination.
“Schools saw me more as a slot guy, but then I put on weight and they saw film of me and decided to recruit me as a pure receiver,” said Owens.
Owens said he’s still wide open.
“Do I have a favorite school? No, I wasn’t interested in naming a favorite right now and I’m just going with the flow. They’re all pretty even right now,” said Owens.
Owens will camp at The Opening Oakland next month and is planning a couple more 7v7 tournaments with his The Shop 7v7 team.
Academically, Owens has a 3.3 and will take the SAT in May.