Big Changes await 'Big Country'

With national signing day for football drawing near, is catching up with the players who will comprise the next generation of Terps. One of those players is Telfair County (Ga.) offensive lineman Tyler Bown, whose move to College Park will bring quite a change of pace from his tiny hometown of McRae, Ga.

"I don't know about population, but three stoplights," Bowen said of his hometown, whose high school has about 400 students. "I'm excited about it. I think there will be a lot of opportunities to experience things I've never experienced. I'm nervous, but I'm excited at the same time."

To illustrate his background: when Maryland's coaching staff called to offer him a scholarship, Bowen, nicknamed ‘Big Country' was sitting on a tractor, bailing wheat straw.

Bowen, a massive 6-foot, 7.5 inch tall, 315-pound offensive tackle with a thick southern accent, is not much for idle talk. He prefers to let his actions speak for him, which was the case when Maryland liked his videotape enough to offer him despite not having hosted him at the Terps summer camp.

He checked out College Park for the first time and felt so good about the situation that he committed, rather than wait for offers from what had been his dream schools -- Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida.

"I think I made the right choice," he said. "When I went to College Park, I loved everything about it."

Bowen is part of a three-man contingent of lineman from the Peach State to join the Terps this year, along with Peach County's Dion Armstrong and Lamar Young of Jonesboro. Terps assistant Tom Brattan has done a great job of building in-roads to some southern areas that were previously under-utilized by the program.

Bowen is an excellent student as has finished up all of his high school core studies. He's got a light workload for the spring, highlighted by a weightlifting class. He'll head to Maryland at the start of June for the first session of summer school. Until then, he'll work on his strength and agility/speed, the latter of which are more important for him at this stage.

"I'd like to drop a little weight or stay where I'm at. I'm not looking to really put on any more weight," said Bowen, who became friendly with Terps Cory Jackson and Stephon Heyer as well as fellow recruit Travis Baltz when he visited.

Speaking of Baltz, he's another incoming player TSR will profile as we countdown the final week until signing day …

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