Just over a week and a half ago, Bothell (Wash.) quarterback Ross Bowers said he was “just in love” with the California Golden Bears, and it turns out that he liked Cal so much, he put a ring on it, on national television, no less.
Bowers -- competing at the Elite 11 in Beaverton, Ore. -- said "I'll be committing to the University of California, Berkeley," on ESPN on Tuesday evening, ending Cal’s search for a 2015 quarterback, about his trip from a “top-10 guy on their board, maybe top-five” back in May, to an offer and a visit on June 29, to finally his commitment.
“It was definitely nuts,” Bowers told BearTerritory right before his decision aired. “It’s a cool little journey, I’ll tell you that. My dad (John, tight ends and fullbacks coach for James Madison) is really good friends with Mark Tommerdahl, so that sparked the relationship. They really liked my film a lot, and they were in desperation for a quarterback. We got that done, and I took my visit out there by myself, hung out there, and threw probably 11 passes, and that was all they really needed to see. They offered me, took my visit, and I ended up flying home.”
[PREMIUM VIDEO: Bowers Talks Cal at Elite 11 Tryouts]
The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder chose Cal over the first school to offer him – Colorado State – but told BearTerritory that, while playing in the Pac-12 was certainly on the pro side of his pro’s and con’s list, it wasn’t the deciding factor.
“I’ll be completely honest: It really wasn’t a huge factor,” said Bowers, who’s in the midst of competing in the Elite 11 Finals. “It was certainly on the pro list, but it really didn’t come down to being in one of the five power conferences. I definitely love that it’s in the Pac-12, but I wouldn’t have minded playing in the Mountain West with Colorado State. It’s definitely a perk playing in the Pac-12, because it’s one of the best, so that’s pretty cool.”
What else was on that pro’s list?
“The first pro was the education,” said Bowers, who has a 3.0 GPA. “It’s top-notch. The education, you can’t beat it. I think that, geographically, that’s one of the greatest places to live. I was really excited about the area that I’d be living in, and also the degree that I’ll be earning. So, it’s all that stuff, and obviously the facilities and everything that they have set up for football players to be successful. Everything’s beautiful and awesome. It’s all there for you, it’s top-notch and the best.”
Bowers – who is a football junkie, watching old college football games on the Pac-12 and Big Ten Networks during his free time -- is also partial to the coaching staff, starting with head coach Sonny Dykes.
“I think he’s a good man,” Bowers said of Dykes. “I think we’re going to gel very well together.”
We’ll have more on Bowers’ commitment soon, including Bowers’ assessment of his bowling career, his Elite 11 experience and his friendship with Bears freshman quarterback Luke Rubenzer as we go Beyond the Commitment.
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