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Dowling makes Pac-12 decision

Sean Dowling said he knew once he received his UCLA offer at junior day that the Bruins were by far his favorite.
After considering his recruitment for a while, the Fallbrook, Calif., offensive lineman decided to commit after UCLA's practice on Thursday.
"I did commit and I couldn't be more pumped," Dowling said.
"We met with coach (Jim) Mora, coach (Adrian) Klemm and coach (Marques) Tuiasosopo and I told them I wanted to be a Bruin.
"I told them there isn't another program I would rather be in. I want to be part of the change and I want to be part of the new UCLA."
Dowling, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound three-star offensive tackle, also had offers from Arizona, Colorado, Duke, Navy, San Diego State and Washington State. He was hearing from other Pac-12 schools as well.
Throughout his recruitment, Dowling always talked highly of the Bruins and it became clear in recent days that they had emerged as the heavy favorite.
Instead of prolonging things through the off-season, Dowling said he felt comfortable committing to UCLA and decided to end it on Thursday.
"There was no question," Dowling said. "UCLA is the place I want to be.
"It was a mix of everything. I went there for junior day and I got my offer then. I just knew it was the right place and it was where I want to play football."
Dowling is UCLA's sixth commit in its 2013 recruiting class. He's the second offensive lineman along with four-star Erik Bunte from Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic.
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