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Versatile Tyus Bowser taking his time

9/23/2012

There are versatile football players, and then there’s Tyus Bowser (Tyler, Texas/John Tyler).

Few athletes can play unorthodox combinations of positions as effectively as Bowser, who saw time on Friday against Mesquite (Texas) Horn at defensive end, wide receiver, tight end, fullback, H-back, deep snapper and even quarterback. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior, who lines up primarily at defensive end for John Tyler, was instrumental at every position Friday in a 35-30 victory.

Friday was the first time Bowser’s seen time at quarterback, as Houston commit and starting quarterback Greg Ward went down with an injury in the second half. Offensively, he completed 4 of 10 passes for 36 yards, but he also caught a 38-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Defensively, he finished the game with three quarterback hurries and a sack.

The game, in itself, served as the perfect highlight tape to sell his versatility to colleges. Currently, Bowser has offers from Texas Tech, Missouri, West Virginia, Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette and Wyoming. LSU, Oklahoma State and Oregon also have shown interest.

“I’m just mobile, and they can count on me at any position,” said Bowser, referring to coaches looking for a versatile athlete. “[Friday] was my first time at quarterback, so I was a little nervous, but I got comfortable out there. At wide receiver, I just came out and did what I know I could do.”

Bowser physically is a specimen. At 220 pounds, he bench-presses 300 and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. Recruiting-wise, Bowser isn’t in any rush to make a decision. He said he’s yet to schedule any official visits and is weighing all of his options.

“Everything’s just slowed down. I’m chilling right now,” Bowser said. “I’m just continuing to see the schools looking at me and taking my time to make my decision.”