Post-Signing Day Evaluation: Bowen is breaking down Iowa State's football recruiting class of 2005, one by one. The first in a series of 25 player evaluations is Garden City (Kan.) JUCO linebacker Alvin Bowen.

Alvin Bowen
East Orange, N.J. (Montclair/Garden City CC)

The Particulars -- First-team all-Jayhawk Conference selection ... SuperPrep Juco 100 ... led team in tackles (77) and tackles for loss (14) ... also tallied five sacks ... redshirted in 2003 ... coached by Bob Larson. High School: Led team to 2002 New Jersey state title in Group 4 ... overcame an ankle injury in the semifinals, and ran for 213 yards in the championship game ... coached by Ed Lebida.

Seals' Scouting Report – His recruitment didn't really start heating up until after he committed to Iowa State, since rival Kansas State held true to form and pursued an ‘impact' Cyclone JUCO recruit. But credit Bowen for holding true to his word.

ISU defensive coordinator John Skladany on Bowen – "We had been looking at him for quite a while and we're excited about him. He's got a lot of athleticism and we're going to use him at the WILL spot. He's got good toughness. I think we have a real find there. He redshirted his first year at Garden City and played this year. They only had 12 out-of-state kids and elected to go with a different position, rather than having an out-of-state linebacker. That's why he's got three years to play here."

Short-term outlook – The East Coast product will be given every opportunity to win a starting job in training camp, and will be pitted against incumbent backup Jamarr Buchanan. Bowen and Buchanan will be dueling to replace veteran starter Brandon Brown, who has graduated. Bowen is one of the biggest keys in this recruiting class, because he'll need to step in and play immediately at a position lacking much depth.

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