Two offers and one visit set for Bower

One of the top JC signal-callers in the country this year is Bakersfield's Jacob Bower (6-4, 235). His prototypical size and arm have become a hot commodity over the past few weeks as two D-1 schools have stepped up with offers and a couple of other BCS schools have made contact as well. Bower told the attention is nice, but what's really on his mind is this week's game.

"Canyons has been on a roll lately that's for sure," Bower told "They're playing well and it's a big rivalry for both of us so it should be pretty intense out there when we get it on.

"My girlfriend plays volleyball and they played Canyons earlier this week and when I went up there to watch them play the football team was there and they were talking crap to me about how they were going to beat us so it's going to be pretty intense this weekend."

Bower and his teammates have struggled to keep their focus the past few weeks as they've blown out teams and pulled most of their starters by the end of the first half and Bower said it's been nice to win, but it's been tough to keep their edge.

"I've been pulled at the end of the first half in something like five of our last seven games," Bower said. "It's been tough to keep our focus at times and as a quarterback I take that on me to keep our guys focused, but this week I haven't needed to do that."

For the season, Bower has completed 62% of his passes for 1,948 yards including 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He's also posted 91 yards rushing and two more scores on the ground.

"I can move around and make plays, but I'd rather get it to my receivers and let them be the ones that get hit," Bower said with a laugh. "I get hit enough back there, but when things break down I can make a play with my legs so teams need to stay honest."

On the recruiting front, Bower just got his first two offers, albeit one is contingent on his transcripts.

"Kansas State offered me a couple of weeks ago and Hawaii sort of offered me," Bower said. "The coaches basically said it's between me and another JC quarterback, but that they liked me a little more because I will have three to play three in after this season where he will only have two years to play.

"The coaches told me they wanted to check out my transcripts to make sure I was going to get my AA degree -- which I am all set to do that -- and then they wanted to finish their evaluations."

Bower said Louisville and Boston College have also started calling recently, and he's continued to receive attention from Fresno State as well. He also noted that he's open to looking at anyone who wants to offer.

"Whoever wants to look at me that's fine with me," Bower said. "I need to make a decision pretty soon though so it's kinda getting down to it."

Bower expects to visit Hawaii following his season on the weekend of December 15th.

We'll have more from Bower in the coming weeks as he gets closer to making a decision.

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