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April 28, 2012
49ers land WR Owusu; undrafted free-agent haul nearly complete


Jim Harbaugh will not make the same mistake twice. Last year Harbaugh passed on former pupil Doug Baldwin and then watched the undrafted rookie lead the Seahawks in receiving and score two touchdowns against his 49ers. This year, Harbaugh and the 49ers have agreed to a deal with another undrafted Stanford wideout, Chris Owusu. That deal first was reported on twitter by @nfldraftscout.

Owusu likely went undrafted due to the series of concussions he had at Stanford -- three in the last 13 months -- which caused him to miss five games last season. However, he's been medically cleared to play, and in February he dazzled scouts by running a 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds and leaping 40.5 inches in the vertical jump.

Another Stanford player, defensive tackle/nose tackle Matt Masifilo, already has signed with the 49ers. He made the trip on Highway 101 from the Stanford campus after Harbaugh told him over the phone, "It's a competition to get down here as fast as you can." In doing so, he beat Owusu.

"That's probably the one race and the only race I'll beat him in," joked Masifilo, who said that safety Michael Thomas also plans to sign with the 49ers.

Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke would not confirm that Owusu was heading to the 49ers. But neither denied it, either, and both said they were nearly finished reeling in the desired number of undrafted players so that they will have 90 players in camp this offseason. Baalke hinted that observers will be impressed with the names.

Here are some other names, according to Tweets from the athletes, their schools and their agents:

Brian Tymes, WR, FAMU
Nathan Palmer, WR, NIU
Cameron Bell, FB, NIU
Al Netter, OG, Northwestern
Joe Holland, OLB, Purdue
Garrett Celek, TE, Michigan State
Kevin Murphy, OL, Harvard
Michael Thomas, S, Stanford
Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford
Matt Masifilo, DT, Stanford
Jewel Hampton, RB, Southern Illinois
Patrick Butrym, DL, Wisconsin
Georgio Tavecchio, K, Cal
Kourtnei Brown, DE, Clemson
Deante Purvis, DB, UNLV
Tony Jerod-Eddie, DL, Texas A&M
Dajuan Cofield, RB, San Jose State
Anthony Mosley, CB, Kentucky
David Gonzales, OL, Washington State

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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