The Iowa State coaching staff didn’t need to sell Richard Bowens on Iowa State when he came to visit last weekend. The 6-foot-0.5-inch, 170-pound cornerback had already been sold before committing to the Cyclones in April.
Now, he was just looking to be reassured — and he was.
“I had a great time,” Bowens said during a phone interview with CF. “The best part was on Saturday when all the guys who didn’t have offers were getting ready for camp and the commits were together, chilling and getting comfortable with each other.”
Bowens, a native of Orchard Lake, Mich., spent most of the camp joking around with fellow commit Josh Johnson, wide receiver target and former high school teammate, K.J. Hamler and ISU redshirt freshman wide receiver Denver Johnson.
They laughed while Hamler danced and gave encouragement to the players working through drills. In other words, they didn’t act like the usual timid visitors standing quietly on the sidelines.
“We’ve been texting in a group chat for months,” Bowens said about the bond with the other recruits. “But this was the first weekend that we had met each other.”
It might take a little bit of work to keep the speedy Bowens in the fold. He just picked up an offer from Iowa on Sunday and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see his offer number grow over the next few months.
The Michigan 300-meter hurdle state champion is also likely to garner quite a bit of interest on the track. He has the fastest 300-hurdles time in Michigan high school history.
Despite a growing offer list and heightened interest, Bowens was reassured. He thinks Iowa State is the place for him.
“I was just reassured,” Bowens said. “I got the same kind of vibe as after last visit that made me want to commit.”