Bowens Talks About Commitment

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat linebacker Isaiah Bowens, who committed to UCLA on Saturday, talks about why he chose the Bruins and his feelings on the new coaching staff in Westwood...

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat linebacker Isaiah Bowens (6-3, 220), already had an offer from UCLA before he visited the campus on Saturday.

But seeing the campus and talking with the coaching staff was all he needed to commit to the Bruins.

"I felt welcomed as soon as I got there," said Bowens. "They offered me a couple of weeks ago but I ended up committing yesterday. I just wanted to make sure everything was good with UCLA. Coach (DeWayne) Walker was recruiting me and I talked with him and committed."

Bowens, who also had offers from San Diego State, Texas A&M and Oregon, said the coaching staff played a big role in his decision.

"Coach (Rick) Neuheisel is a great guy and a great coach," said Bowens. "And Coach (Chuck) Bullough is a very good coach and has been coaching one of the best defenses around."

Bowens said that UCLA offered him as a linebacker, with the expectation he'll play outside.

"I wasn't really sure what backer spot (weakside or strongside) it was at, but it is as an outside linebacker," said Bowens. "I play offense too, but I'll play defense in college."

Bowens is part of a talented group of Bishop Amat prospects that also includes Sheldon Price and Brent Seals.

"Those are my pretty good friends, and I want to see them do well, and they're happy for me," said Bowens, who added he wouldn't mind playing with them in college.

Playing at Bishop Amat for the first time in 2007, Bowens was part of a league that also included Notre Dame, Crespi and Loyola.

"E.J. Woods is one of the best players I've played against and he's signed with UCLA," said Bowens. "I also met their quarterback (Kevin Prince).

Bowens said that with the early commitment, he's solid to the Bruins.

"I'm thumbs up with UCLA," said Bowens. "I'm relieved to get it out of the way."

Bowens said his family was also happy to know he'll be nearby.

"Yeah, they're really excited I'm going to be close by and I'm excited for them too," said Bowens.

An all-Serra League pick in 2007, Bowens had 38 tackles and 7.5 sacks for the Lancers. Academically, he has a 3.5 GPA.

His older brother, Howard, just finished his freshman season at Kent State and was named the Outstanding Special Teams Player for the Flashes.

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