Film Study: Robert Bowers

What are the Spartans getting with the commitment of the Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge standout as a defensive end?

Michigan State's latest commitment, Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge defensive end Robert Bowers, is the first at his position in the class.

SpartanDigest takes a look at what kind of player Michigan State received:

The good: Bowers' raw athleticism is clear from the first couple plays. He is quick and agile and moves in between blockers well. He also is strong and consistent in his pursuit of the ball carrier or quarterback.

He seems to always find a way to the ball, even if he gets blocked well initially.

Bowers flashes good moves from time to time, particularly a strong swim move in a couple of clips.

Bowers faces many double teams, but is good at navigating between or around them to find the ball. He is a slippery guy for offensive linemen to block.

The biggest strength is his frame, though. He has the height and the ability to bulk up and be an impact player after a redshirt year.

The bad: Bowers can be knocked off the ball by a strong offensive lineman because he doesn't have the size in bulk yet.

The key for Bowers will be adding weight and hitting the weight room and training table hard in his freshman year. He will get pushed around a lot at the college level unless he bulks up to around 240-250.

He also is fairly unrefined in technique, often playing too high and making it easy for offensive linemen to push him back or bump him out of the way.

When he is playing lower, he is tough to block. Once his pads get high quickly, he has trouble gaining leverage.

The good news is both the need to bulk up and to refine technique are normal for defensive ends in high school and exactly what college programs are designed to address.

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