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."
"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."
"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.
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.