Signed, Sealed and Almost Delivered

Phoenix College defensive back Brantwon Bowser has just signed his letter of intent to attend West Virginia University, and is preparing for the next step in his football career.

Bowser, who played one season of football at Phoenix College under West Virgina alumnus Dale Wolfley, signed his letter of intent on Tuesday afternoon, and will soon follow the official document to Morgantown, W. Va.

"I should be shipping out next week," Bowser told after completing all the paperwork. "I think it's very important for me to get there and work out and be in the best shape of my life so that I am ready for spring football."

Bowser's path to the top of Division 1 football was a bit different than many of his peers. After a standout career at Maryvale High School in Phoenix, Bowser, like many players, found himself a bit short on achieving qualifying marks for initial eligibility in college. Although he committed to Arizona State, his lack of qualifying scores kept him from enrolling at the school.

However, rather than attending a prep school or a junior college, Bowser chose to sit out one year and concentrate on his academics. So, after playing his final season of high school competition in 2005, Bowser worked for a season to raise his test score, which he successfully did in 2006.

Thus armed with a qualifying score, however, Bowser didn't find as many schools courting him as he might have hoped. Arizona State did not get back into the mix, and thus Bowser enrolled at Phoenix College for the 2007 season. After a solid year there, he was ready for a Division 1 offer, which West Virginia made.

"Coach Casteel came out and had the opportunity to see my film," Bowser said. "After he did that, he talked to me and said that he wanted me to play there. I really liked what he had to say, and I made a good connection with him.

"I also got the chance to talk with a couple of my teammates (Tevita Finau and Aki Vakalahi) who made official visits there," Bowser continued. "They had a lot of good things to say about the school and what they saw. I didn't get the chance to make an official visit there, but I have seen and learned a lot about West Virginia, and I can't wait to get there."

Bowser (6-1, 180 lbs., 4.5) considers his one-on-one coverage skills to be his best attribute.

"Phoenix used me on the best wide receiver on the other team, and I think my press man-to-man is the best part of my game," he analyzed. "I'm good in bump-and-run, too, and my recovery [when the ball is in the air] is good too. I know there are things I still have to work on, but I am looking forward to improving and doing that."


Bowser said that he had not taked to Finau and Vakalahi recently, but that they were still strongly considering West Virginia. Phoenix head coach Dale Wolfley said that WVU was still very much in the mix for the pair, and that Mountaineer defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel was expected for another visit to Phoenix College next week.

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