The first weekend after the football recruiting dead period has been a good one for Cincinnati. Florida native Chris Ferguson committed to UC and it seems Cleveland, Ohio offensive tackle Ja’Merez Brown will join him. Robert Prunty and Darren Hiller were the primary recruiters this time around. Brown hails from an area of the state that Cincinnati only recently began cultivating and it appears the Bearcats have snagged a good looking prospect. The offensive tackle boast scholarship offers from UCLA, Louisville, NC State, Pitt, Indiana, and Kentucky among others. But Brown decided to roll the dice with the Bearcats and considering how late in the game it is, in all likelihood he will stick with Cincinnati through signing day.
|Height - Weight||6'5", 270 lbs|
|High School||Shaker Heights|
|247 Sports||*** - 80|
|Rivals||*** - 5.6|
|ESPN||*** - 71|
Bowen easily overpowers opposing defenders in run blocking and displays excellent technique, keeping his arms on the inside on his chest to drive him backwards. Bowen is also fairly agile for his size. At 6’5″ and 270 lbs, it would appear on the surface that he would be pretty immobile. Not so. Bowen moves well for a big man, separating from his initial blocking assignment and moving to the next level with ease. Overall he seems to have the basics of run blocking down pat and does a nice job pancaking defenders to seal off the edge and allow the ball carriers to bust it out for big gains. Given his Shaker Heights team’s propensity to run the football, Bowen isn’t as adept at pass protection as run blocking. It’s just not his strong suit but he can certainly improve that aspect of his game in time.
It’s a best practice to redshirt offensive linemen their first season on campus to allow them a “free year”, so to speak, to learn the playbook and add necessary weight as they are typically undersized coming out of high school. The same goes for Ja’Merez Bowen. He’ll sit out his first year at Cincinnati as he prepares himself to move up the depth chart in the following years.