The recruiting ride is finally over for massive 6'7, 330-pound offensive tackle Branden Bowen. When one chapter ends, another begins. That is definitely the case for the one time Utah verbal pledge.
Moments ago Bowen signed his National Letter of Intent with Ohio State. Counting down the days until he leaves for Columbus, Branden will arrive on the Ohio State campus with most of his classmates in June. Having already graduated from Corner Canyon high school, Bowen is preparing for camp by training multiple times a week with former Utah players John Madsen and Jesse Booth, who were both coached by Urban Meyer during his time with the Utes.
A three-star prospect, Bowen is the 71st offensive tackle and 648th-overall recruit in the senior class, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Branden might not be the highest rated prospect in the Elite '15, but has the potential to end up being one of the top players from the class when his time with the Buckeyes is all said and done.
Our Christopher Jason had the following to say on the Draper, Utah native:
"Branden Bowen has excellent size already in high school, standing at 6'7, 330 pounds. He is a bully on the football field and plays with aggression through the whistle. Other than just his size, his play stands out on tape, constantly throwing down defenders and driving them into the ground.
Bowen comes off the ball quick and uses his long arms to punch defenders. He keeps defenders away from his body and just does a great job in pass protection and paving a way for the ball carrier in the run game.
Overall, Bowen is not your typical three-star offensive lineman. He is an extremely physical player who sets the tone in the trenches. Bowen has the size, talent, and mindset to play earlier than expected but he may have to redshirt due to the young depth at his position. Bowen will be a future starter at tackle for the Buckeyes."
If you haven't already, check out Bowen's highlights, courtesy of Hudl: