Branden Bowen is one of the most highly sought after offensive tackles on the West Coast. The 6-7 310 pound prospect has nearly a dozen offers with interest from over 20 other schools. Ohio State has been showing the mammoth tackle a lot of love recently, and Bowen is heading to Ohio State for an unofficial visit in late June.
"I've talked to Coach Meyer a few times on the phone," Bowen claimed. "He seems like a really great guy and is genuinely interested in me and my family. He has spent time talking to my parents and has been cool throughout the process. I've also met Coach Warinner, and he is a good offensive line coach, and like Urban he is genuine. I feel like there are a lot of good people in the Buckeyes program."
"I'm really look to get a feel for the environment in Columbus, see how the team is and how they interact with each other. Checking out the facilities and campus is obviously huge as well. I'm excited to see what Ohio State is all about, they have a great tradition."
If Ohio State decides pull the trigger and offer Bowen when he is out there, he is unsure of what he would do.
"If the Buckeyes extended an offer, it would be hard not committing on the spot," Bowen explained. "I really want to visit Washington State, I love the coaches there, so I don't think I will commit anywhere until I have a feel for WAZZU. But, I am really high on Ohio State and have them right at the top of my list."
It sounds like Utah, Washington State, and Ohio State are the three schools really standing out to the Corner Canyon linemen.
"Right now, out of the schools that have offered me, Utah and Washington State are definitely at the top," Bowen said. "I am open to all the other schools that have offered me, but those are my top two. I don't really think I'll commit anywhere anytime soon. I will probably take a few official visits and take my time. I hope Ohio State will offer me, that would be a great option to add to the Utes and Cougars."
Bowen looked good at the Utah State camp, he was moving pretty well and his body is significantly better than it was last fall. There aren't more than a few 2015 prospects that score higher on the "eye-test" than Bowen. He looks and moves like he is 280 pounds, but has the strength of a 330 pounder. It could take a few years for him to adjust to the D1 game, but with his size and athleticism, his ceiling is sky high.