With corner appearing to be a high priority of the Wolverines recruiting list this year, they are looking far and wide for talented athletes to fill that bill. One name that looks to have appeared is Maryvale (Arizona) high's Brantwon Bowser. The 6-1 185-pounder registered 32 tackles, 14 pass deflections, two interceptions and one blocked field goal last season. He clearly boasts prototypical size and excellent speed (4.4 in the 40 and 10.9 in the 100m), but he did not get to show his skills quite as much as he would have liked to last season.
"I would say I'm a physical corner," Bowser said describing his playing style. "In my junior year we really did not play too much man and we switched up the defense a lot using zones. Not too many people threw to my side. Anytime someone ran my way, I definitely didn't back down from the tackle! (laughing). I would say I'm a physical player. After the season I told my coach that I really want to work on my bump and run next year."
In-state schools Arizona and Arizona State have already shown a great deal of interest, but he has also gotten significant attention teams a little further away like Nebraska, Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Michigan.
The state of Arizona is the old stomping ground of current Michigan defensive backs Coach Ron English (he held the same post at ASU). Bowser indicated that he has enjoyed his interaction with Michigan's west coast ace thus far. "Coach English from Michigan came down here and I met him," Bowser said. "I've been hearing from him in letters and stuff and he has impressed me a lot. He told me a whole lot about Michigan's academics and that I could call and talk to him whenever I wanted to. I was real happy about the things he had to say."
Though Bowser's only offer at this point is from Arizona State, he currently favors arch rival Arizona. That said, it is still very early in his recruitment and he expressed sincere interest in schools further away from home. Michigan is the lone team in his top five. (which currently includes Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, and Texas Tech), and a trip to Ann Arbor is a distinct possibility. "Distance from home is not a big factor for me," Bowser said. "I probably will visit Michigan with one of my official visits. I plan to take all of my official visits and probably make my decision after the season."
Bowser indicated that he will take a few unofficial visits to schools for camps in the coming months, but some of his destinations have not been determined as of yet. "Right now I know I'll be going to a Nike camp, but I'm not sure which one," he said. "I know I'll go to the ASU and Arizona camps. I'll probably do more, I just don't know which ones I'm going to yet."
One of the real keys in Bowser's recruitment will be how comfortable he feels at the respective universities on his list. After having observed former players from his school move on, he learned how important that aspect of things really is. "Some past Maryvale players have gone on to college and experienced some bad chemistry," Bowser said. "I'll be looking at whether I have people to help me academically and on the field when I need it. I'll look at the facilities and I'll pay close attention to the surroundings. I want to make sure that it's a place I feel comfortable being around."
GBW will have more on Bowser in the coming months.