ELITE 11 VIDEO: Bowers Talks Cal

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Bothell quarterback Ross Bowers slings the rock at the Elite 11 and talks about his recent uptick in interest with California.

HAYWARD, Calif. -- With several of California's top quarterback targets off the board, the Bears have been searching elsewhere for their 2015 signal-caller, from Travis Waller to Sheriron Jones and now to Ross Bowers out of Boehell (Wash.).

Bowers visited Berkeley last weekend while in town for the Elite 11 and NFTC.

"There's more interest coming from me to them," Bowers said. "The spot in the country they are, it's a great spot, they have great academics. The football team has been on the downs for the last couple years, but I would love to bring them back to prominence in the Pac-12."

With many of the quarterback dominoes having fallen, Bowers is seeing more doors open up.

"That put me from a top-10 guy on a board to maybe a top-five," Bowers figured. "With Brady White commitment to ASU, that was [Cal's] top guy, so I kind of slipped on in there, so I'm taking advantage. I haven't talked to them much. They said that they liked my film and want to start a relationship."

Cal still wants to see Bowers throw in person before offering, which means that the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is likely to come down to the Bears' camp in June.

Colorado's quarterback coach likes Bowers, but head coach Mike MacIntyre wants to get him on campus to take a visit. San Diego State is coming in to see Bowers throw, soon, and Miami (OH) has said that he camps with them, he'll likely get an offer there, as well.

"I want a chance to play early," Bowers said. "I want to play within my first one or two years, in a system where I know I can succeed, where I can help the team as best as I can, where I can just be a part of the family. There are a lot of teams out there that are all about ‘me' and not ‘we.' I wasn't raised that way with my football team; that's just what I'm used to. That's where I know I'll be most successful – with a team that's a very family-oriented group. Official visits will help that, getting to hang out with the team."

Wake Forest, Colorado State, Montana and James Madison have all offered Bowers.

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