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Bruins land fourth pledge

The Bruins picked up their fourth commitment in two-sport standout from linebacker/wide receiver Isaiah Bowens (6-3, 220, 4.55) from La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat. The Bruins get an outstanding athlete who has the talent to make it in two sports on the collegiate level.
Bowens earned his team's Rookie of the Year Award and was a second-team all-league selection as a linebacker.
The amazing thing about Bowens is he started the season as a wide receiver but due to defensive needs, they put him at linebacker where he accounted 38 tackles and 7.5 sacks in seven games. Some think his sack total could have been 10.
From his receiver spot, Bowen had 13 catches for approximately 250 yards.
Besides the Bruins, Bowens had offers from Texas A&M and San Diego State. Colorado, Louisville, Oregon and USC were also showing interest.
Bowens was on hand to take in UCLA's scrimmage on Saturday.
"It was a great atmosphere out at UCLA," Bowen said. "I had a great time watching practice. It was nice.
"The main reason for me coming to UCLA is DeWayne Walker," Bowens said. "He's a great coach, who knows talent when he sees it.
"Coach Walker is also a great motivator and I like his work ethic," Bowens said. "I like Coach Walker's honesty. He's a great person who showed me around the campus and told me everything about the school.
"I was also very impressed with my position coach (Chuck Bullough)," Bowens said. "He's very knowledgeable about the game.
The Bruins also get a great student in Bowens who carries a very impressive 3.5 GPA in a tough private school while playing two sports.
"Class work first, then football," Bowens said explaining the importance of academics. "I'm very impressed with UCLA's business school and I'm proud to be part of the Bruin family.
Bowens is only beginning to reach his full potential. He has only played football for one year and linebacker for seven games.
Before trying his luck in football, Bowens was a very accomplished baseball player and was rated among the top 50 baseball players in the state of Washington his freshman year in high school.
San Diego State and Arizona State are looking at Bowens for his talent on the diamond. Even major league baseball is eyeing him. Some have said he will be no less than a second round draft choice when he is eligible for the draft.
Bowens is a five-tool baseball player. Meaning he can, hit, hit for power, field and throw. At this time, he may be a better baseball player, but his potential on the gridiron is off the charts.
Bowen also fits the Bruin profile has a player who has outstanding character. He's young man who loves his family.
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