Player Spotlight: Brennan Bowen

Q & A with Avondale (Az.) Westview center Brennan Bowen

Avondale (Az.) Westview has been known for their strong rushing attack for years. While the RBs typically get the credit, the Knights have produced several quality offensive linemen, including Shelley Smith (Colorado State) and Guy Reynolds (Idaho). Center Brennan Bowen has been a mainstay on their line for three years running and is getting attention from multiple programs. Here is a Q & A with the two-way star…

Scout.com: What were your stats/honors from last season?
Bowen: "Graded out at 89% on the offensive line with 50 knockdowns, on defense I had 51 tackles,3 sacks, 12 QB hurries, and 7 tackles for losses. My honors were; All Arizona Center, 1st Team All State 5-A (2nd year in a row), AzFCA Big-25 Team, and 1st team C & D-Line for the Desert West Region."

What is your official height and weight?
6'1 280.

What is your greatest football memory?
My sophomore year when we scored to take the lead in the State Championship. I was on the state finalist team as a freshman, but this time I was on the field as a starter.

What are your goals for the upcoming season?
To lead my team to the State Championship while performing at a high level and secure a scholarship to continue my academics and athletics.

How are you preparing for the upcoming season?
Competing in track to work on my speed and quickness and also lifting weights in and out of school.

Will you attend any camps this summer?
Yes…I will be attending ASU, NAU, and Boise State Football camps…I will try to get to a couple of other camps before I go to Europe for three weeks with People to People.

What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve?
I've really been working hard on my explosiveness and quickness.

What area would you like to keep improving on?
I will continue to work on those aspects of my game because that will translate to success at the next level also.

Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Jordan Champion is going to have a big year as out tailback and Shayne Miller is going to be the other back that will light it up. I think Matt Valenzuela is going to be our next all region guard. I think on defense people are going to be surprised by some new comers like Cody Rediger, Trever Graves, Malik Timmons, Jordan Keel, Robbie Mendez, and Chuks Amaechi…The leaders on the defense will be our three senior linebackers…Xavier Lopez, Jacob Cozza, and Zach Chavez.

Name one teammate you really respect and why?
Dylan Caballero, because he's been through a lot of hardships in his life and is still one of the most optimistic people I know and is a great friend.

What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
I want to play for 4 or 5 years while getting my degree…the degree is the most important thing.

Who is currently recruiting you?
I receive information and am in communication with over 45 schools, but the schools that are showing the most interest are Stanford, SDSU, Boise State, Army, and most of the Ivy League schools.

Do you have any offers yet?
No.

Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
Yes.

What would your top 5 college choices be?
Boise State, ASU, the Ivy League Schools, and I am open to all others

Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
Christian Westerman, He is the complete package; big, strong, athletic. He's the most talented individual that I have played against.

Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
Marcos DeNiza. They are a lot like us and we always have great games with them. They play hard; they have a few big name guys, but mostly do it with tough guys.

What other sports do you play?
I have played basketball in the past and I've been doing track since my freshman year.

What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash? 387 bench, 610 squat, 300 power clean, 5.1 in the forty.

How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
He would say that I am hard working both on and off the field. He would also say that I am a good leader and a positive person with all of my teammates.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
My strengths are that I am intelligent and very strong physically. My weakness would have to be my height at least that is what people tell me.

Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Jeff Saturday, He is one of the best Centers in the game and he does it while being considered undersized…which is what people tell me.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
You're not guaranteed tomorrow.

Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
WE are going to be a group of hard working guys, that are disciplined, and are going to do everything we can together to WIN.

What can a college program expect from you as a player?
100% dedication, hard working, willingness to learn, committed.

What is your GPA and SAT/ACT score?
4.0 GPA 31 out of 543 in my class.

What will the main factors be when you choose a school?
Academics, player and coaches relationships, quality of the program.

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