Bowen talks Colorado and BYU visits

Draper (Utah) Corner Canyon offensive tackle Branden Bowen discusses his trips to BYU and Colorado, as well as which Pac-12 schools are amping up the pressure in regards to his recruitment.

Corner Canyon offensive tackle Branden Bowen is spending his spring break on the road.

Bowen finished up an unofficial visit with BYU on Wednesday, and the 6-foot-7, 315-pound prospect came away surprised with how much he enjoyed the trip.

"It was actually really eye-opening," Bowen said. "To be honest, I wasn't expecting too much and I came out just really impressed."

Bowen enjoyed getting to meet with players and coaches, but what really stood out was the level of comfortability he felt while there.

"It kind of had a good vibe," Bowen said. "The facilities were great, the coaches were really good…I just felt like it was a lifted feeling. It was different, but in a good way."

The BYU visit followed a visit to Colorado on Tuesday. There, Bowen spent time with offensive line coach Gary Bernardi and checking out the campus.

"The facilities and the campus were absolutely amazing," Bowen said. "It was definitely a totally different place from anywhere else. It was very unique."

Interestingly enough, Bernardi's son Joe, an assistant coach at Oregon, has started recruiting Bowen as well. The two have played phone tag over the past three weeks, but Bowen said he receives some sort of message from the younger Bernardi on a daily basis.

The two are still in the feeling out stage, but there is a possibility that Oregon could come and check him out sometime during the evaluation period.

"They're an amazing program, one of the best on the West Coast," Bowen said of Oregon. "It's a huge compliment to me, I guess, and I'm really excited to see where this goes."

Oregon State and Arizona State have also entered the picture in recent weeks. Bowen get his chance to see the Oregon schools up close in a few weeks.

"I plan on going up to Oregon in June when I'm at the NFTC up there," Bowen said. "I'll probably head up to Oregon State as well."

Holding two offers from Utah and Utah State, Bowen said that a number of schools are paying closer attention to him starting with Washington State.

"I get a message from Coach [Dennis] Simmons almost every day just telling me that they're thinking about me," Bowen said. "Along with them it's probably Utah, Utah State, BYU, and Oregon."

Bowen is hopeful that the increased attention turns to more offers soon. Right now, the Utes and Aggies remain on top for him.

"I'm still trying to feel everything out," Bowen said. "But of course, Utah and Utah State are my 1-2 right now just because they're the only two schools that have offered."

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