Bowers Has Maryland in Mind

2011 defensive tackle prospect Keith Bowers likes Terps, plans to visit College Park in September.

For Keith Bowers, defending Dwyer High School’s (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) 2009 state championship is priority number one. But the preparations for that title defense are ensuring he will be ready for something else: a spot on a Division 1-A football roster, possibly Maryland’s, next fall.

The 6’1” 235-pound defensive tackle has received offers from many schools, including Bowling Green, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee State, and Maryland.

While he hasn’t been on any visits, Bowers plans on starting in September and has College Park on his itinerary. “I will definitely be taking a visit to Maryland, hopefully in September,” he said.

Bowers has been speaking mainly to Defensive Coordinator Don Brown, who Bowers says has given him nothing but praise. “He constantly says that I am one of his better recruits, that he likes my leadership, and that I would fit in really well with the defense.”

One of the big draws to Maryland for Bowers is the Terps’ conference affiliation. “Maryland is a great program and it’s a program in the ACC, which is a really big plus for me,” he said.

Already, because of the relationship with Coach Brown and his play on the field, Bowers can see himself playing for the Terps. “I can play defensive tackle well and I am a good leader. I think I am good at making chemistry with my teammates, which I think I have already done with Coach Brown.”

When describing his style of play, Bowers says the one word to use is aggressive. “I’m not overly aggressive, but I like to hit, to be physical, to get the ball, and to hit the ball carrier,” he said.

And, in adjusting to the lifestyle of Maryland football players’ intense practices, Bowers will fit right in. He has already started two-a-days for Dwyer’s upcoming season and says playing the top competition in South Florida, in addition to coming from a school where lots of players go to D-1 rosters, helps him a lot in his recruiting process.

“Former players from the team have helped me understand how the recruiting process works and what I should be looking for,” he said.

For the 2010 season, Bowers said that the high quality of players in South Florida only motivate him to be a better player as he goes forward. “I like playing against great players because It makes me better and gives me better competition.”

Bowers thinks he wants to commit sometime after the season, but knows it is important to play well this season. “I have to stay focused this year. I know what schools are looking for, and I don’t want to disappoint.”

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