March 3, 2012

Bowens is keeping up with the Bucks

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Ohio State took three wide receivers in their 2012 recruiting class, and have already added one possible wide receiver to the fold in its 2013 class (Jalin Marshall), but Urban Meyer and his coaching staff are continuing to make a push for more.

The Buckeyes are going hard after Pennsylvania wide receiver Robert Foster, Cleveland Heights speedster Shelton Gibson and are in the mix for Illinois' Laquon Treadwell as well as North Carolina's Uriah Lemay among others.

One name that might not be on the radar for most Buckeye fans right now is Salem (Va.) Kwamane Bowens. A 6-foot-2, 185-pound wideout with a knack for making the tough catch. Kwamane (pronounced Kwa-Main) is a fast-rising prospect who the Buckeyes have been keeping tabs on.

"I have been in contact with coach (Zack) Smith, the wide receiver coach," Bowens said. "He's easy to talk to, since he's so young. You can tell he's gone through some of the stuff we go through, and recently, because of his age."

Smith is not the only coach at Ohio State to catch the attention of Bowens, as he was impressed by all of Meyer's new Buckeye staff.

"The coaching staff is very welcoming and down to earth," Bowens said. "The idea of playing for Urban Meyer is pretty exciting, and I think he will turn the offense to more pass-heavy, and that's exciting for a wide receiver. Of course the name Ohio State is pretty hard for people to turn down."

The Buckeyes made inroads into Virginia when they signed Richmond Hermitage star Curtis Grant two years ago, and nearly snagged Midlothian star Joel Caleb last recruiting cycle, who signed with one of the schools that have currently offered Bowens, Virginia Tech. He also holds offers from Boston College, East Carolina, Mississippi State, Richmond and Vanderbilt, but is in no hurry to make a decision about his college choice.

"I will make my decision no earlier than August, but I think I will likely end up choosing my school on signing day," Bowens said. "I still have a whole year of football to play, so I am not in any hurry. There's not the 'one school' I am waiting on or anything."

Bowens, who wants to run track as well as play football in college, has not yet visited Ohio State, but does hope to get to Columbus (Ohio) in the late spring or early summer. He will not be able to attend the spring game because he will be with his family in California. Right now, Kwamane says he has no favorites, but he does want fans and coaches of all the schools recruiting him to know what they will be getting if he chooses their school.

"I want people to know that every time I hit the field they will get 110-percent of me, I am working hard every day, every practice so that when game-time comes around, I am going to be ready." Bowens said.


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