Egg Harbor City (N.J.) Cedar Creek lineman Owen Bowles enjoyed many of the changes at Rutgers under Chris Ash’s regime. But as an aspiring big man, the two-way offensive lineman found one change that was more exciting than the rest.
“This is going to sound funny but the 24-hour food option is awesome,” Bowles said Saturday after he returned home from a junior day visit. “As a lineman, that was cool. The whole mentality of the program is different now, in a good way.”
Bowles received a Hale Center tour and spent significant time with Ash and offensive line coach AJ Blazek during his visit.
“It was a great experience,” Bowles said. “I definitely enjoyed it. The coaches, I felt, were better than previous coaches because they were just more energetic. It felt better, more homely.
“…They’re more focused on player development on both a personal and social level,” Bowles said. “There’s more focus on players comfort level and I liked that. It was awesome. That was the biggest change that stood out to me.”
The new Rutgers staff likes Bowles as an offensive lineman, he said. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound said he has no preference.
“It doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “They like me and I, in turn, like them. That’s what matters.”
Bowles lives 90 minutes from campus but proximity to home is not a top selling factor for the 2017 standout lineman.
“It’s nice to have but not a priority,” Bowles said. “Having family being able to come to games, it definitely adds something.”
Bowles holds offers from Old Dominion and Temple, where he visits Wednesday. Boston College and multiple Ivy League schools are also involved.
“Definitely education is first and the quality of the school,” he said. “[It’s important] for the coaches to care more about life after football that just football. That’s a big aspect I care about, also the area around the campus.”