Rutgers offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer continued his search for more athleticism in the quarterback room Saturday with a verbal scholarship offer out to Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt’s Tayvon Bowers.
Bowers picked up the offer at Junior Day.
“I spent a long time with coach Mehringer and he explained the new system up-tempo offense,” Bowers said. “You spread guys out, run up the points, get a lot of yards. That’s pretty much the perfect fit for me because I’m a dual-threat. He said he’s really excited about me and he wanted me to join him there. It meant a lot for him to say that. I’m really blessed and excited and all the glory goes to God.”
Bowers was a first-team all-state quarterback for Bishop McDevitt as a junior. He threw for 3,576 yards and 42 touchdowns in a similar offense to what coach Chris Ash wants at Rutgers.
“I really like an up-tempo offense,” he said. “Being able to get the defense on its heels, when they’re not expecting things and finding little mistakes in the defense, I love it. I love that type of offense.”
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound 2017 prospect wants to be a quarterback at the college level, and both Rutgers and Buffalo want him at the position, he said.
“I definitely want to be a quarterback,” he said. “I just like being a leader. I don’t mind being the one that everyone puts the fall on if something goes bad. I can take that adversity and when times are going well, I like to give credit to my teammates. I’m not a selfish person.”
Also with interest from Old Dominion, Akron, Boston College and West Virginia, Bowers will be back at Rutgers for a spring practice.
“I just loved it all, so I’m excited to be back,” he said. “I’m still really happy right now about the offer. What’s not to love about it?”
Bowers wants to decide before the start of his senior season and proximity to home is important.
“A big factor in this is my family, and Rutgers is two hours away,” he said.