Any self-respecting offensive lineman loves his food. For Egg Harbor City (N.J.) Cedar Creek's Owen Bowles, three meals within his first five hours on campus was the perfect start to an official visit.
The long-time Rutgers commit and top center in New Jersey, Bowles called the meals the best part of his official visit. From Brother Jimmy's BBQ to bowling alleys, Bowles ate well.
“The visit was all positive,” Bowles said. “It was good to get around the players and s tart building better relationships with them. I was building relationships with the other commits that I didn't know as well, guys from out of state and whatnot. It was great to spend time with the coaches. It was nothing too crazy but I had a good time.”
A more serious highlight for Bowles came in a meeting with offensive line coach AJ Blazek.
“Me and him have a really good relationship, and the same with him and my parents,” Bowles said. “It was good to hang out with him. We sat down in the meeting room, and he started going over some of the schemes and their zone schemes. It was cool to start to see how I fit into their offense. … Our zone schemes are very similar to how they run it. It's different language and tweaks in it but the majority of it is very similar.”
Bowles expressed zero concern when asked if an offensive coordinator change affects his fit on the line.
“I talked to all of the coaches and stuff and they gave me their word that it's all going to stay the same,” Bowles said. “For an offensive line standpoint, it's not like the run game is going to be changed a whole lot. I feel like it will be good. I'm happy for coach [Drew] Mehringer. He did the right thing for him. Coach Ash already has a list of people he's going reach out to in due time.”
“It's really valuable to spend time with them to make the transition a lot easier,” Bowles said. “We hit it off real well. We have a lot in common.”