Recruiting: Bowie Says He's a Cowboy

Michael Bowie, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive tackle from Sand Springs (Charles Page), Okla., liked what he saw on his visit to Oklahoma State last weekend. So much so that on Thursday night he switched his commitment from Texas Tech to OSU, and becomes the 16th commitment in the class of 2009.

"I committed to Oklahoma State last night," Michael Bowie said Friday.

"I feel like it's going to be the best place for me. I like the coaches, especially the offensive line coach (Joe Wickline). He knows what he's talking about. I'm going to be really honored to play for him," he continued.

Bowie originally committed to Kansas State under the direction of head coach Ron Prince, but when Prince was fired in early November he decided to look around. He made a trip to Lubbock, Texas, and shortly thereafter committed to Texas Tech.

But last weekend's trip to Stillwater left quite an impression on the big-time tackle prospect.

"I didn't think the place would be that nice. It was nicer than I thought. It's the nicest I've been to or heard about," he said.

Bowie said he's looking forward to learning from Cowboy standout left tackle Russell Okung, who he hopes returns for his senior season and does not elect to enter the NFL Draft.

"That was part of it. I wanted to learn from him," said Bowie. "As of right now, they might redshirt me and they might not. They have a real good left tackle (in Okung), and I'll probably have to play behind him. He's going to be like my mentor."

Why should Cowboy fans believe that this commitment – Bowie's third since originally give Kansas State a verbal in June – will hold through National Signing Day in February?

"It's solid. I'm not going nowhere," said Bowie. "I feel like Oklahoma State is the best place for me. I'm excited. If it was signing day (today), I'd be signing."

Bowie becomes the third offensive lineman to join the class of 2009. Guard Anthony Morgan of Navarro (Texas) College signed with the Cowboys on Wednesday, the first day junior college players could do so, and standout Brandon Webb of Owasso, Okla., is expected to sign in February.

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