Four-star wide receiver Darian Owens commits to UCLA

Four-star receiver Darian Owens committed to UCLA on Friday, announcing his decision in a ceremony at Clovis West High.

He becomes the seventh verbal commitment in the Bruins’ 2016 recruiting class, giving them a 6-foot, 192-pound target with speed. He is ranked just outside the top 100 nationally at any position by Rivals.com, and among the top 20 prospects in California. Scout.com ranks him as a top-10 athlete in his class.

“I already knew where I wanted to go a month ago and I have the best relationship with coach (UCLA wide receivers coach Eric) Yarber out of every other coach,” Owens told Rivals.com. “UCLA honestly gave off a home feel.”

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UCLA spring camp notes: Bruins run shortest practice of the month

— UCLA ran its shortest practice of spring camp today, a 90-minute session without pads. The quarterback rotation continued with Jerry Neuheisel taking first-team reps in 11-on-11 and Asiantii Woulard taking the second team. Walk-on Jake Hall actually got a lot of seven-on-seven reps too, so it really doesn’t appear as if the Bruins are looking to cut down their list of starting candidates.

— The best play of the day went to linebacker Kenny Young, who broke through the line to tip Jerry Neuheisel’s pass, then snatched it for a pick six.

— Simon Goines returned to start at right tackle for team reps today after taking a bit of a break on Wednesday. UCLA did deploy a new look on its second-string offensive line. Continue reading

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