RECRUITING: ISU commit Bowens reassured by visit

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.”

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.