Posted by Bryan Fischer
New UCLA head coach Jim Mora has already stolen defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin from Washington and now he has swiped a commitment. The Huskies first class of 2012 pledge, Pasadena (Calif.) running back Tairen Owens flipped on Saturday to the Bruins.
"I switched because I feel that it's a better fit for me," Owens told Scout. "I get to stay home in Pasadena and things will be much more convenient for me and my family."
The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder attends Martin's alma mater and is a longtime UCLA fan, causing the change in commitment.
"Coach Martin was recruiting me for Washington is now at UCLA and now he's recruiting me even harder, which makes our connection that much stronger," he said.
Owens was a multipurpose threat that scored 10 total touchdowns during his senior season. He becomes the 22nd commitment for the Bruins class of 2012.
"Tairen shows a good burst, vision, balance, and proves to be one of the more slippery backs in Southern California," analyst Tom Lemming said. Very tough to get a hold of, he catches the ball well coming out of the backfield and is very creative in the open field."