Bothell (Wash.) High School quarterback Ross Bowers is a star on the rise. He’s only a sophomore, so you won’t likely hear about him in recruiting circles for another season or two – but Bowers will be a big recruit when the time comes. It’s early in the season, but I’ve watched Bowers play twice this year, and his skills shine even against the best competition in the state.
The first time I watched Ross Bowers he was facing off against Max Browne (the top quarterback recruit in the country this season) and No. 1 ranked Skyline (Wash.). Bothell quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind two touchdown passes by Bowers. I didn’t know anything about him, but his skill was apparent. I was so focused on Browne early in the game, that I didn’t even know Bowers’ name until I checked the roster after his first touchdown pass. That’s when I realized Bowers was only a sophomore, and I was watching a future star in the making.
Bowers made some late mistakes in that game (showing he still has room to improve), but he finished 15 of 33 for 224 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He also lost a fumble deep in his own territory late in the contest that gave Skyline a safety. Despite his mistakes, the Skyline players were impressed with Bowers’ skills:
“I’ve gone to camps with him, and he’s a heck of a player,” Skyline defensive back Nic Sblendorio told The Seattle Times after the game. “He’s for sure going to be a D-I player. He’s just a heck of a quarterback.”
Bowers’ stat sheet wasn’t quite as impressive last week when he battled Bellevue (Wash.) — the top 3A team in the state. Bowers had no protection, so he had no time to throw the football. Bowers took hit after hit after hit. One hit was so big that it jarred the ball loose, and it was scooped up by Bellevue for a touchdown. Bowers could have pouted or acted defeated, but he didn’t — he kept popping right back up. That’s what I liked most about him. Instead of whining or acting injured, Bowers looked motivated to get up and try again. It was clear he wanted more than anything to just shove it down Bellevue’s throat. That drive, motivation and maturity will help Bowers make it to the next level.
It’s easy to forget Ross Bowers is just 15-years-old when you watch him play. He won’t even be a freshman in college until 2015. Bowers is already listed at 6’2″ 175 pounds, and he has plenty of room/time him to grow. He comes from good genes. Bowers’ dad John was a long-time assistant football coach at the D-I level (he even coached linebackers for two season under Urban Meyer at Bowling Green), while his mom Joanne is the head women’s gymnastics coach at the University of Washington.
Here’s a look at Ross Bowers from a camp/combine this spring:
Listed as a pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com, Bowers has Florida, LSU and Texas listed as some of his college choices. Only time – and tons of recruiting letters, visits, etc. – will tell where Ross Bowers will end up. All I know is that it will be fun to see how his career shakes out. I’ll be one of the many watching closely.
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