Massive 6-7, 320-pound hoss intrigued by WSU
Branden Bowen is rated three stars by Scout.com and has seen his offers list climb this spring. Colorado, Nevada, Boise State, Utah, BYU, Oregon State, Utah State, Wazzu and others have sent him scholarships, while Ohio State, Arizona State, Arizona and others have told him they're close to offering. "I've kind of set aside a top list of nine schools out of everyone who has either offered or been showing me interest," Bowen said. "I'm not quite ready to release that list just yet, but I can tell you right now that Wazzu is part of that list. I've been talking with the coaches quite a bit and they're very interested in me and I'm interested in them." The Draper, Utah product said he's been in contact with area recruiter Dennis Simmons, head man Mike Leach and defensive line coach Joe Salave'a. "I talk with all those coaches, but with Coach Simmons, we're speaking almost on a daily basis," Bowen said. "They've all been telling me how they really want me up there in the program. They think I can make a big impact and they make me feel like I'm wanted at Wazzu." THE MASSIVE HOSS is being recruited by schools, including WSU, as an offensive tackle. "Washington State likes my athleticism for my size," Bowen said. "I'm 6-7, 320-pounds, but I move around very well. The coaches know that with my frame, I can get bigger and stronger too. They're looking forward to seeing me in person and talking about the future with me too." Bowen said he is planning a college tour for late June, where he'll visit WSU, Oregon, USC, UCLA, Stanford and Ohio State. "I've heard great things about their campus and I'm really looking forward to getting up there to meet with Coach Leave and the rest of the staff. I know it'll be a great experience and I want to learn a little bit more about the program. "I know they throw the ball a lot and that really intrigues me. I think they were fourth in the country last year for passing yards, which is cool. They're also a team on the rise. I know they've picked up big commits from guys like Tyler Hilinski and Thomas Toki. I'm talking with the coaches right now to set everything up and make the visit happen." The senior-to-be said he has no timetable for a decision and is just waiting to get a gut feeling for a school. "It could be next month after I take some of my visits, or it could be on signing day," Bowen said. "I want to take everything in and make sure I don't rush anything. We'll wait and see how everything turns out."