It's been some time since we gave you an update on Louisiana pass rushing phenom Chris Bowers, but that is not for a lack of activity. The standout defensive end from national powerhouse Evangel Christian has enjoyed a productive spring on the field and in the recruiting scene. He currently boasts scholarship offers from Texas, Texas Tech, LSU, Mississippi, Auburn, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Duke, Nebraska, Colorado, Oregon and Stanford. When we last checked in with Bowers, he had a top two of Stanford and Texas Tech, but a pair of his recent offers have jumped up into that leadership group.
Ole Miss was a little unexpected for Bowers in the recruiting picture, but a good thing. "They were the first to call in May," he says of the Rebels. "I was hoping for an offer, so that was a nice surprise. I haven't had the chance to visit them yet, though, and they are the school I know maybe the least about. But they're still very interesting to me."
Later in May the Nebraska Cornhuskers came to check the defensive end out during spring practices, and walked away impressed. Bowers gave them his junior year film and quickly thereafter received a written offer. "It was very exciting and an honor," the rising Evangel senior says. "They have such tradition and history that it makes you pay attention."
Bowers also has been able to follow up on one of his continued leaders, the Red Raiders, by taking a trip to Lubbock for their spring game. It was a good visit for him and his father. "You know, I don't know what it is about them," the younger Bowers says of Texas Tech. "But I do like them. It was good to see the place and to have a chance to talk with people."
The one unofficial visit that Bowers currently has planned for this summer, though, will take him on his longest journey of his recruitment to date. He and his family are flying out to the San Francisco Bay Area on June 30 and will spend a week's vacation in the area. On July 3 they will descend upon The Farm for a full day's visit with the Cardinal coaches; the trip will be the first for the Shreveport native to Stanford.
"The visit will really help me see more about Stanford and tell me if it's a place I'd like to go to," Bowers explains. "We're definitely excited to finally check the place out after what we've heard. I'm not sure what they'll have going on campus that day, but I hope it's fun."
The Evangel standout says that these four schools (Ole Miss, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Stanford) are his top four leaders, in no particular order. He also says that he is interested in Arkansas and LSU, but at a different level. "Arkansas and LSU are iffy maybe's for me," he states. "But the other four are real possibilities in my mind."
In the classroom, Bowers has finished his junior year and carries a 3.4 GPA. He had originally planned on retaking the ACT this spring but has now moved those plans to the fall. The heavily recruited DE is in no rush, though, given that he plans on taking all five of his official visits this coming fall and winter and only then will make his college decision.
With just one unofficial visit no current camp plans, the summer should be a productive but enjoyable one for Bowers, which will be a welcome break between the busy spring recruiting period and the floodgates set to open this fall. May was a pretty hectic time for the Louisiana's most wanted DE. "It was a tough month; I would be out somewhere or at my girlfriend's house and then at a moment's notice have to race home because of a phone call," he relays. "On top of that we pushed pretty hard in spring football, so I'm enjoying June right now."
That doesn't mean the summer is without its work for Bowers, who has raised his intensity in workouts to ready himself and his team for the 2003 season. The nationally acclaimed Evangel program will face a murderer's row schedule of state and national opponents, and do so without the services of All-American quarterback John David Booty. The offensive star and close friend of Bowers has made the jump after his junior year of high school straight to college. "It was a different spring because John David was gone, and the offense had a lot of work to do," Bowers posits. "But they played pretty well by the end of the spring. It's definitely going to be a tough season, but we can really help out on defense. If we have to keep the other team from scoring because our scoring isn't as hot, we'll do that. We're ready to step up."
Bowers and the Evangel Eagles open the season September 5. In that month they will face teams from Miami, Kansas City and Longview (TX).
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