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Washington picks up running back

Tairen Owens started talking to Washington about a month ago and when an offer came the Huskies' coaching staff made it clear that the Pasadena (Calif.) Muir prospect had to make a decision because they wanted to lock up a smaller running back early in the class.
Owens, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound prospect, said it wasn't a tough decision at all. Washington had always impressed him and so he made his commitment on Monday.
"I've been talking to coach Demetrice (Martin) for about a month now and he's been saying they're recruiting me for running back and he said a whole bunch of stuff about their school," Owens said.
"I talked to coach (Steve Sarkisian on Monday) to touch base with him and get my commitment out there.
"I'm a small running back so he said they're only taking one small running back this year. They offered three and he said I have to take the offer now if I want to come and play. I took the offer and I'm excited about it."
Owens rushed for 822 yards and 10 touchdowns on 107 carries last season and he's also a big-time threat coming out of the backfield since he caught 21 passes for 206 yards and four scores.
No other schools had offered Owens yet but he has been talking with Cal, San Jose State and New Mexico State. With his commitment to the Huskies, Owens said he's just relieved to be heading to such a good school and to play football in the Pac-10.
"I'm very excited about how things ended up," Owens said. "I'm just super excited to go to college and get a scholarship."
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