It was Corwin Brown.
The Notre Dame defensive coordinator put Bennie Fowler through a series of cornerback drills at the Irish football camp last Monday. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Fowler, who played receiver last fall, has only been playing football for a year, and up until last week had never even taken a practice rep at Detroit Country Day as a defensive back.
"I liked it," the speed Fowler stated. A prep teammate of Notre Dame signee Jonas gray, Fowler ran a 4.36 second 40-yard dash at Michigan State's camp and picked up a scholarship offer. Indiana, Eastern Michigan and Toledo have also offered a full ride. "It wasn't bad. Coach Brown's teaching methods made it a little easier, so it was easy to grasp concepts and things like that.
"He ran me through a series of back-pedal drills, drills where you had to open your hips and drills where you had to break down on the ball. He always told me to stay low and told me to always stay in a straight line on my back pedal."
Fowler also got some work at receiver while at camp.
Besides the schools that have offered and Notre Dame, Fowler is hearing from Michigan, Penn State, Iowa, Purdue, Northwestern, Western Michigan and Central Michigan. Most programs like Fowler at receiver, where he had roughly 15 receptions for 300 yards last season. He broke his collarbone in the seventh game of the season, but returned in the state playoffs to help Detroit Country Day reach the state championship game.
The Irish have been recruiting Fowler since May, and he checks in with Brown once a week.
"He said right now, probably if anything, I'm being recruited as a DB," Fowler began. "On their recruiting board, he said I'm in two spots, at DB and wide receiver, but most likely I'd be recruited as DB.
"That doesn't bother me at all. Wherever I can be successful and wherever I can play for Notre Dame. That's good tradition.
"He says if I were to get an offer, it would be somewhere around the fall."
Brown and the rest of the Irish staff want to see Fowler play some cornerback in a game. He will go both ways this coming season, and hopes to be verbally committed somewhere by November.
Besides Notre Dame and Michigan State, Fowler has also recently stopped by Indiana and Toledo.
"Notre Dame is such a high-class school, you can't really compare those kind of schools to Notre Dame," Fowler said. He has plans to check out Northwestern in July. "But I had a good time at those camps."
Fowler plans on returning to Notre Dame soon to visit Gray. Gray is actually the one that convinced Fowler to come out for football last season. The two played basketball and ran track together.
"I talked to him yesterday, and I talked to him when I was down there for the camp. He says he loves it, it's nice down there, school is going well and practice is going well."
Looks like things are going well for Fowler as well.