Brock Bowers: Nation’s No. 3 TE knows what he’d like to do before his decision
Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry details a very recent conversation with 4-star Georgia tight end target Brock Bowers out in California.
If the NCAA decided today to green light on-campus recruiting visits again for the 2021 recruiting class, the nation’s No. 3 TE prospect where he would go.
Brock Bowers does want to check out the University of Georgia again.
“Shoot I know I’d want to go check out Georgia again,” Bowers said. “Just to go back down there. To feel that again. I want to get up to Oregon and actually have like a real visit up there. Shoot, then some other schools probably. I’m not totally sure yet.”
Georgia and Oregon were the two schools he felt that he needed to check out the most at this time.
Bowers rates as the nation’s No. 3 TE prospect and the No. 94 overall prospect for the 2021 cycle on the 247Sports Composite rankings.
It is because he can do things like this practice clip below.
Missing the practice vibes 🤞 #3 pic.twitter.com/WsIhiUu8wB
— Brock Bowers (@brockbowers17) May 21, 2020
Bowers said in early April that he needed some visits once the quarantine lifted to sort out the remainder of his recruiting process. Has that changed at all?
“Not really,” he said. “I’d like to take a couple of officials before I make my decision but that would be like a best-case scenario there. We’ll see.”
He named his top 8 back on April 5.
— Brock Bowers (@brockbowers17) April 5, 2020
He’s not sure if he will whittle that down to an even more select group.
“I’m not totally sure about that yet,” Bowers said. “I kind of like where I am at right now. Just like leaving doors open and everything. But maybe down the road I might cut it down to a top 3 or a top 4 or something. I’m not totally sure yet.”
It doesn’t sound like he will have enough time to take all five of his official visits.
“Not sure about that the way everything is going,” he said.
Brock Bowers: The latest here with the Georgia Bulldogs
There’s a list of recent social media posts that deserve a mention here in this space. The first was the back and forth between Bowers and 5-star QB commitment Brock Vandagriff on Twitter.
— brock 🌊 (@BrockVandagriff) May 14, 2020
Bowers took that and ran with it.
Could be nasty 👀 https://t.co/KxMvteWjHs
— Brock Bowers (@brockbowers17) May 14, 2020
What would it be like to pair up with Vandagriff?
“We’ve texted a little bit here and there,” Bowers said. “It is cool to talk to him. It would be cool just having a guy like that as one of the top players as your quarterback. It would be pretty cool.”
The edit itself was “pretty cool” in his opinion, too. He visited Georgia right before the dead period prior to the National Signing Day for the 2020 class. There are certain aspects of that trip that still resonate with Bowers.
“The people there were just great and that’s what I really remember,” he said. “I liked all the coaches and the players I met and the other recruits it just all seemed that like they wanted to be there. It was like they all really were happy to be there. It was where they wanted to be.”
The big thing he likes about Georgia right now has to do with his peers in the 2021 recruiting class.
“I think the best thing for me is the relationships I have with the coaches and like I just feel connected with a couple of the players there I guess,” Bowers said.
He said that was Brock and a couple of other recruits he has gotten to know in the 2021 class. That has been fostered by his participation in a group text message chat for 2021 commits and major Georgia targets.
Bowers said he was really starting to connect with a pair of 2021 Georgia targets in OLB prospect Chaz Chambliss and OL Dylan Fairchild.
“I talk to [tight ends coach] Todd Hartley a lot and I will talk to coach [Kirby] Smart about once a week,” he said. “Those are the main two I usually hear from.”
When it comes to those chats, he said they have evolved to where it feels natural. Nothing really seems forced.
There was one other aspect of his recruiting story which will be of major interest here. That has to do with his parents. His mother is a schoolteacher and he hails from a family of athletes.
It appears that Mr. and Mrs. Bowers have done their homework in reaching out to another California family that is now a big part of the Georgia football program.
“I’m pretty sure that both my Mom and Dad really like it at Georgia,” he said. “They’ve been talking to Kendall Milton’s parents out in Fresno about Georgia and how he likes it and how he adjusted to like Georgia from California. That’s good for them to get a little bit of another family’s insight on that.”
They gathered some UGA Intel of their own.
“It was pretty cool and good for my parents to hear for them to have some security about everything,” Bowers said.
The 6-foot-3 rising senior feels like there will be a high school season in California. It might just be delayed and start about a month later than the norm.
What else did Brock Bowers have to say?
Bowers is a serious athlete. The sort that Georgia doesn’t really have in its program at the TE spot. He timed at 4.55 seconds on the laser in the 40 at an Opening regional in 2019. That combine showing for him that day, when he had just an offer from Nevada at the time, also included a 40-inch vertical.
That really sent his stock soaring. His 2019 junior film only elevated that.
He turned 14 of his 39 catches into TDs in 2019. He averaged 28 yards per catch. It followed an 0-10 season in 2018.
He played tight end, running back, wide receiver, linebacker and punt returner for his team as a junior. He totaled up 355 rushing yards, including a pair of 100-yard games on the ground. He wrapped up 25 stops, eight tackles for losses and a sack at OLB.
The 2021 All-American Bowl commitment has caught 21 touchdowns over the last two seasons.
There was that season-opening game last fall in which he reeled in eight catches for 91 yards and two scores. He also had an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in that contest.
Could he make a commitment over the next three months?
“I’m just going to play it by ear,” Bowers said. “I’m not really in a rush but it would be nice to get it over with. So it is like just whenever I am ready, I will just do it I guess.”
- If he can get his top schools down to three or four programs, then he feels like it would be the same thing as trying to limit the recruiting pressures that might have stunted his ability to take a lot of the stress out of his senior season. It would be almost like committing prior to the season to take a lot of the pressure off.
- Bowers has been able to limit some of the communication during the quarantine. “I don’t have to do every single zoom call and I can say no to some requests but I am always good to get on the phone and everything.”
- At the start of the quarantine, he said those calls were “pretty overwhelming” regarding his time. It is a lot better now.
- He feels like he’s still pretty dialed-in athletically. The 4-star TE prospect said he’s been able to lift and get on the grass regularly and also work on his speed training and conditioning during the pandemic. “I’ve been doing all it can to stay ready and keep working,” he said.
- What new hobby or skill has he picked up during COVID-19? He said it was an appreciation for “The Office” through binge-watching. His favorite character in the series? That’s Michael.
Check out his junior highlight reel below.
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