Recruiting: Bowie Says It's OSU, Again

Offensive tackle Michael Bowie got a trial run at playing for Oklahoma State before learning that he had not cleared the NCAA Clearinghouse. The 2009 signee reported for fall camp last August and was extremely impressive in practice. In fact, this observer felt that Bowie was as good a freshman offensive lineman seen at Oklahoma State since current NFL first-round draft prospect Russell Okung.

Bowie wound up at Navarro (Texas) junior college this past fall and immediately surfaced in the starting lineup. He helped Navarro to the playoffs and an eventual junior college bowl game. This upcoming season the Bulldogs will be a favorite to win the Southwest Junior College Conference.

"I thought I played pretty good," said Bowie of his freshman season at Navarro. "I would say I had a good season. Things are decent right now, actually they are going pretty good and I can't complain.

"As of right now, if I keep my grades up, I can be out in December and that is when I am planning on going back to Oklahoma State. I am committed to the Cowboys, although I will say I am interested to see if I get any more offers."

The 6-5, 315-pound Bowie said his spring break is next week and he is looking forward to returning to his home in Sand Springs, Okla.

He also told us that spring football starts for the Navarro Bulldogs on Monday, March 22. The spring will carry on long enough to allow Division I coaches, including Oklahoma State coaches, to get by for a practice or the spring game at the end of April.

Bowie has kind of an advantage in that for a couple of weeks he did experience life as an Oklahoma State Cowboy while in preseason camp last August.

"That is true, and I felt pretty good about everything," said Bowie. "I thought that I was playing good. Everything was good. I liked the way the coaches were treating me and my teammates were really cool. It was everything that I thought it would be. It's real easy to consider myself committed to Oklahoma State."

Bowie was a bulldozer on the offensive line in high school at Sand Springs as he blocked for now freshman Cowboys quarterback Johnny Deaton. Deaton rushed for 1,655 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2008 as the Sandites made a triumphant return to the Class 6A playoffs for the first time since 1998.

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