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Owusu likes message at UCLA

Francis Owusu was one of many top prospects who attended the UCLA junior day on Sunday and the Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian wide receiver had a great time on the trip.
Something position coach Eric Yarber said especially stuck out to Owusu, who currently has offers from Nebraska, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
"It was a very good visit," Owusu said. "The coaches were all really good. Coach (Jim) Mora did a good job of letting us know we'd be welcomed if we came to UCLA so it was really good. I really liked the campus and the coaching staff.
"I talked to coach Yarber one-on-one and also in the meeting room and he said if I want to be great I should come to UCLA. It was a really great time talking to him and then I talked to coach Mora one-on-one so it was good."
No favorite has emerged for Owusu, who plans to remain patient with his recruitment, but the Bruins definitely left an impression.
With Oaks Christian teammates Jordan Payton and Ishmael Adams signing in UCLA's 2012 recruiting class, that could also play an influence as Owusu considers his future.
What he saw at UCLA on Sunday definitely impressed him.
"I got the sense they want to build a really good program, rebuild a really good program and so I felt really welcomed by them and coach Yarber is coming from the NFL so I know he has a lot of experience," Owusu said.
"I'm going to stay patient. I'm going to visit a lot more schools and get a more in-depth look at the school and if I see it's the right school for me and then I'll choose."
Owusu, who finished with 35 receptions for 705 yards and eight touchdowns in his junior season, will visit Stanford this weekend for its junior day.
He is also planning to take trips to Nebraska, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin in the coming months. Florida has started to show new interest.
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