Bowen holds down the left side

Every team wants a player at left tackle who they can leave out on the edge and not worry about. College of the Sequoias OT Wade Bowen (6-8, 325) is that type of a lineman and he had a solid freshman year for the Giants in 2007 and he's hoping for even better results in 2008. caught up with the big man who hails from Alaska and he updated us on things...

"I was recruited pretty hard out of high school, but things just didn't work out for me to end up with a scholarship," Bowen told recently. "Washington, Washington State and Hawaii were all looking at me, but it just didn't end up working out so I came down here because my coaches knew some of the coaches at COS.

"It was kind of culture shock for me when I got here. I got used to it pretty quickly, but it's a lot different than Alaska."

Bowen prepped at Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska and he's worked hard on handling the speed rushers he's going to encounter for his second season of college football.

"I've been working hard on my speed and my quickness and getting into my sets quicker," Bowen said. "I played on the left side last year and I didn't have any help so I'm pretty much used to being out there on my own, but there are some talented pass-rushers, so I just want to get my feet quicker so I can handle them better."

On the recruiting front, Bowen hasn't paid much attention so far to who has been contacting his coaches, but he knows who he wants to hear from.

"Hawaii and the two Washington schools are the ones I'd really like to go to," Bowen said. "I mean, I'll go anywhere to play, but those were the three main ones that I was recruited by out of high school and they would be good schools for me to go to.

"I also like Oregon and Oregon State and Cal too, so I'm just kind of taking my time and letting schools get a look at me. It's still really early."

Bowen was a full-qualifier out of high school so he can leave whenever he wants from COS, but he plans to finish up his degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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