Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West receiver/safety Darian Owens (6-1, 200) named his top seven last weekend and said earlier in the week he would likely wait until after he took his official visits before he made his decision.
But Owens decided the wait wasn’t worth it and announced his decision on Friday afternoon at a ceremony at his school.
“I loved it at UCLA,” said Owens. “It felt like home. I can see myself being there for the next four years.”
Eric Yarber, the Bruins receivers coach, had been the primary point person with Owens, and that relationship weighed big with him.
“The relationship I have with Coach Yarber is perfect," said Owens. "He's coached great receivers and I want to be one of them,” said Owens. “I think he can get me to the next level.”
Owens said he's glad to be done with the recruiting process.
"It's a huge relief," said Owens. "I'm so glad I found a school that is right for me. I feel that I fit perfectly into their offense and will make an immediate impact."
Owens visited UCLA unofficially earlier this month and that trip swayed him.
“Everything is nice there and the campus is beautiful,” said Owens.
It’s the second year in a row that UCLA has landed a player from Fresno, with the Bruins signing running back Bolu Olorunfunmi from Clovis North, both part of the The Shop 7v7 team.
“You can say that Bolu was working on me every time we trained together,” said Owens.
Owens will camp at The Opening Oakland next month and is planning a couple more 7v7 tournaments with his 7v7 team, including a tournament at UCLA in June.
Academically, Owens has a 3.3 and will take the SAT in May.
Scout will have more from his announcement.