Posted by Bryan Fischer
Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian has his first recruit in the class of 2012 and he comes from a familiar recruiting area. Pasadena (Calif.) running back Tairen Owens gave his verbal commitment Monday afternoon after picking up his first scholarship offer from the Huskies.
"They offered me for main position, which is running back, and that was big, so I thought, why not commit to them and get it over with," Owens told Scout. "And playing in the Pac-12 is super exciting."
One of the biggest reasons why Owens decided to commit early was Huskies' defensive back coach Demetrice Martin, who just happens to be an alum of Owens' high school.
"Coach Martin, he was the main one recruiting me, and the main thing he said to me was come up there and give us a shot," Owens told the website. "He went to Muir (High School) too so he talked a lot about that."
The 5-foot-9, 165 pound Owens will likely play on special teams and as a slot receiver when he enrolls up in Seattle. The multipurpose threat told the website that he will likely take an unofficial visit to the school on April 30th.
Owens ran for 822 yards on 107 carries and 10 touchdowns as a junior. Some of his highlights are below.