Delaying the Inevitable?

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Dec 13, 2006
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director and

Many people expected California linebacker Howard Bowens to commit to Washington during his official visit, which was supposed to be on December 1. Although that may still be the case, the Huskies will have to wait until January to get Bowens' verbal, as he's moved his visit to January 5. "I had to reschedule," Bowens said. "My parents want to go and this works out better for them too."

Two-star linebacker Howard Bowens (6-0, 216, 4.6), from Claremont (Calif.), has stated in the past that he was considering committing to the Huskies during his official visit to Seattle. Apparently not much has changed. "I'd say there's about an 80 percent chance that I'll commit to Washington during my visit," Bowen said.

"I was very impressed with their team this year and how they are rebuilding. They seemed to improve every week and I really believe that coach Tyrone Willingham knows what he's doing. I really believe they'll be competing for the Pac-10 within the next few years," Bowens said. "If I commit during my visit, I won't take any other trips."

However, in case Bowens doesn't commit to the Huskies, he already has a trip lined up with Colorado State on January 12. Rams assistant coach Karl Ballard visited Bowens at home on Monday (Dec. 11). "He says they really like my aggressiveness and that I'm not afraid to hit," Bowens said. "He's impressed with how I don't take plays off and thinks I'd fit in really well in their defensive scheme."

Although the Huskies look like a lock for Bowens, the other schools he's still considering are California, Arizona State, Boise State and Colorado State. The Bears and Sun Devils have yet to offer. "I've been talking to them about setting up an official visit, but nothing about a scholarship," Bowens said.

"Boise State had an amazing season," Bowens said. "I really like the whole school. It's not in the Pac-10 or anything, but they play hard and play a tough schedule.

"I want to feel comfortable and play under coaches that will help me develop as a player."

Bowens reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 1500 SAT (new version).

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