Thursday, February 14, 2013
UW junior day 'eye-opener' for 2015 QB
By Mason Kelley
Ross Bowers (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) called his trip to Washington’s junior day an “eye-opener.”
UW made a strong impression on 2015 QB Ross Bowers at its junior day.
After spending the day touring the campus and the facilities, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound quarterback realized there is more to being a Division I athlete than just playing football.
“It’s just cool seeing all that stuff, because it’s more real,” Bowers said. “It’s definitely cool to hear, definitely an eye-opener of what the next level looks like and what it’s going to be. It’s pretty cool.”
As the sophomore spent the day with other recruits he thought to himself, “Man, I could actually be playing here one day.”
The experience left a positive impression.
“It’s a great academic school,” Bowers said. “I already knew that, but I got more of a learning basis for what departments they’re really good in. They’re pretty much good in everything. They’re always top 10 in the country and then they’ve got the No. 1 dorms in the country and then the $300 million stadium is just going to be crazy.”
While he has yet to receive a scholarship offer from the Huskies, Bowers said the coaching staff has made him feel wanted. Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo stopped by Bothell recently, and Bowers said he has developed a good relationship with the former Washington quarterback.
“I really like their coaching staff," Bowers said. "UW is trying to get me to come to their spring ball, some of their QB meetings to sit in on. They like me pretty well.”
One of the top in-state prospects in the 2015 class, Bowers is expected to have plenty of offers by the time he selects a school. While he waits for the first one to roll in, experiences like Washington’s junior day will help him prepare to make his decision when the time comes.
“Now, when I’m a senior making my decision, I’ll have a better understanding, I’ll have seen it, done it,” Bowers said. “If a school says they’re this and that, well, I’ll actually know what they’re talking about.”