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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Multidimensional DE Bowser commits

By Damon Sayles

Some of the biggest recruiting questions in East Texas have involved multipurpose athlete Tyus Bowser (Tyler, Texas/John Tyler).

Where’s he going to play college football? Where will he visit? Will he play college football? Did basketball completely sway him?

All of those questions were answered on Thursday, as Bowser, a three-star defensive end, verbally committed to Oklahoma State. A 6-foot-2, 230-pound athlete who played everywhere on the field for John Tyler, Bowser chose Oklahoma State over offers from Texas Tech, Missouri, West Virginia, Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette and Wyoming.

Bowser, additionally, will join John Tyler teammate and ESPN 300 wide receiver Fred Ross Jr. in Stillwater, Okla. What some don’t know is that Oklahoma State also is the alma mater of John Tyler head coach Ricklan Holmes, who played in the secondary for the Cowboys from 1998-2002.

“They’re getting a guy who’s a phenomenal athlete, someone who can help them wherever they put him on the field,” Bowser said. “He’s a humble kid with a good head on his shoulders. They’re going to get someone who’s dedicated to helping them win football games.

“Any time a young man goes to my alma mater, my head fills with pride. I know that Ross is excited, too. He and Tyus been together for a long, long time, and they will be together now another 3-4 more years. They’re getting a great combination with these two guys.”

Bowser, recruited by defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, was one of those Jack-of-all-trades players that every coach desires. Defensively, he lined up at defensive end, outside linebacker and middle linebacker. Offensively, he saw time at tight end, H-back, wide receiver and even quarterback.

Holmes defines Bowser as a “silent killer,” a player who isn’t a rah-rah type but someone who instantly gains respect with his play on the field. Bowser’s contributions helped John Tyler advance to back-to-back Texas Class 4A Division I state semifinal appearances his junior and senior seasons.

Bowser’s defensive numbers were beyond impressive. He finished the season with 83 tackles, 24 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Offensively, Bowser was responsible for throwing a touchdown, rushing for a touchdown and catching a touchdown. Holmes said Oklahoma State wants to primarily use Bowser as a defensive end.

In addition to him being a star football player, Bowser also is a basketball standout. Holmes said Bowser and Oklahoma State have been in discussion of him playing for the basketball team, as well.

“Basketball is not off the table. They’re going to give him a chance,” Holmes said. “He’s talked with the basketball coaches, and he’s going to work out what needs to be worked out.

“Either way, they’re going to get a guy who will have everybody doing what they need to do. When some things go wrong, he’s going to step up and make sure it’s done right.”