Bowen, who will report to West Virginia in a week to join the team as a preferred walk-on, caught seven passes for 172 yards and two scores in the South's 42-35 loss to the North in the West Virginia All-Star game for graduated seniors. Bowen, who will get a loo at outside receiver for the Mountaineers, hauled in passes of 51 and seven yards for scores. On the first, he fought off a pair of defenders for the catch and dragged them into the end zone.
Also an accomplished baseball standout, Bowen felt the lure of football too strongly to ignore, and is joining a host of in-state walk-ons on this year's team. At six feet, three inches and 220 pounds, Bowen clearly has the size to compete. Questions about his speed might have been at least partially alleviated in the North-South game, where he showed the ability to get downfield on several occasions. Shaky pass protection on both sides made executing seven step drops and deep routes very difficult, but Bowen adapted, and displayed the ability to find openings in coverage and snare passes with consistency.
Bowen noted that West Virginia's coaches gave him the option to participate in the All-Star game before reporting to school.
"This is the best competition in the state, and I think it will help me get ready," Bowen said of the choice to delay his enrollment at WVU for a few weeks. "They said if you have an All-Star game and you want to play in it, go ahead, and I wanted to."
In the video above, Bowen discusses the new workout program that West Virginia has laid out for him, and the aspects of the program he's excited to participate in and learn more about. While he's not overconfident, he is looking forward to matching his skills with those of his teammates.
"I catch the ball pretty well, and I get off defenders," he said of his strengths as a wide receiver. "Hopefully I can get up there and do something big."
Druw Bowen (red jersey) plows through defenders for a touchdown in the 2016 West Virginia North - South game