Signee Capsule: Josh Bowcut

Signing Day 2017 may be complete, but BeaverBlitz is digging in deeper to give readers a better knowledge of the newest signees.

BIO:

Bowcut was a ceremonial signee for the Beavers, as he will serve his 2-year LDS mission upon graduating high school. He was a key piece for the Bowmen as they made a run towards another 6A state title, only to be unseated in a thrilling 2nd round playoff game to Sprague. Checks in at 6-foot 6-inches and 290 pounds. Played along both the defensive and offensive lines for Sherwood and will initially start out as a defensive tackle when he arrives on campus. Named to OSAA 2nd team all state as both an offensive and defensive line. Moved from Washington to Sherwood prior to his junior year.

LEAD OSU RECRUITER:

TJ Woods – Area / Position

Chad Kauha’aha’a -- Position

RECRUITMENT:

Earned an offer over the summer after an impressive showing at an Oregon State camp and committed just three days afterward. Oregon State was Bowcut’s lone offer, but he had been receiving interest from other programs including BYU, Utah State and Washington State. Would have received more attention throughout his recruitment if he wasn’t planning on serving his mission following high school.

WHY OREGON STATE:

“I chose OSU because I felt like it gave me a great chance to succeed both on the football field and in the classroom. I also feel like Coach A has the program on the rise, and if we keep working hard, and everyone is bought in, we could possibly be playing for the Pac-12 each year.”

EVALUATION:

Possesses good size already, but will be a bit of an unknown once he returns from his mission. Appears to be slated to play on the inside but could play as a DE in a 3-man front. Has a good first step, but uses combination of good leverage and handwork to beat opposing offensive linemen. Probably not destined to a highlight player but a consistent member of the defensive front rotation. Plays smart, reads the mesh well in zone read plays. Good in pursuit as he actually has decent straight-line speed for his size. Will need to continue to develop strength to be effective at next level. Could play on offensive side of ball but I feel he is better suited for defense.

Sherwood High School Head Coach, Greg Lawrence:

Josh came to Sherwood as a sophomore and what a great addition he was to our program.  Josh has grown into a very good football player.  His determination and skill set helped our football program reach the success we did.  Josh will be a great addition to the Beaver program and help them reach the next level. 

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:

Although Bowcut is still 2 years removed from enrolling at Oregon State, the coaching staff saw something that they liked in him to keep on him. The coaching staff invited him to their junior day last March and were impressed with his size and build but held off on extending an offer. After seeing him at a camp over the summer, they offered him on the spot and after taking all of three days to think it over, he committed. Had previously attended Tahoma High School in Covington, Washington (southeast of Seattle). Had been on Washington State’s radar as he attended a junior day on the Palouse and was receiving interest from the Cougars prior to making his commitment to OSU.


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