Coach Speak: Branden Bowen

BuckeyeSports.com's Coach Speak series featuring Ohio State commitments from the class of 2015 continues with Don Eck, the coach of Draper (Utah) Corner Canyon three-star offensive tackle Branden Bowen.

Don Eck, the head coach at Draper (Utah) Corner Canyon, spoke with BuckeyeSports.com about Ohio State commit and 2015 three-star offensive tackle Branden Bowen.

What stands out about him physically?
He’s about 6-7 and 320 pounds so he’s a huge human being, but he’s also very lean. There’s very little fat on him. He’s worked himself into a muscular body and a lean physique, so he looks great. He has an NFL body.

How has he improved over the course of his high school career?
He played tight end at Juan Diego before he transferred here, so he had never played on the O-line. We had a few growing pains his junior year, but the ability was there and by the end of the season he was playing really well. He developed his pass protection over his junior year and hardly got beat there. He needed a little more work in the run game.

In the offseason between his junior and senior year he hired a personal trainer and really developed his body and got a lot stronger and leaner. He lost some bad weight, gained some good weight and became more flexible. He was able to play lower in the run game and in his senior year he was great in both running and passing situations. The kid’s worked hard and he deserves everything coming his way.

When did you know you had a Division I prospect on your hands?
Just from looking at him (laughs). Just to look at him, you’re like, ‘Wow.’ When I started working with him I saw that he moves his feet well for a big guy. He’s an athletic guy. I knew pretty early on that I had a great player. He just had to develop a little bit on the offensive line. With the coach he’ll have out there, the sky is the limit for him. If he works out there like he did last year, he’ll be making a lot of money playing this game.

What did OSU coaches tell you they liked about him?
Talking to (OSU OL Coach Ed Warinner), obviously he likes the size and athletic ability. They like the difference between his junior and senior year on film. He played very aggressively his senior year and kind of had a nasty attitude which I think got their attention.

What did he tell you about his Ohio State visit?
He fell in love with the place. Utah has nice facilities and great coaches and all that. It’s my alma mater, but I tried to stay pretty neutral on the whole thing. When he came back he was like, ‘Coach, it was awesome. I don’t see there being a better place.’ He was just blown away by everything. He loved the whole trip. He likes the people out there, really likes the offensive line coach and he’s done a good job recruiting the kid. There were just no negatives. There were absolutely no negatives.

How would you describe his personality?
He’s a likable guy. He’s like a big, happy bear who always has a smile on his face. He’s going to have to take to coaching a bit. He gets a little bit surly. He’s a nice kid who comes from a great family. Ohio State couldn’t do any better. He’s not going to cause any problems whatsoever.


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