The early signing period for football prospects in the Class of 2020 is upon us, and Penn State is expected to bring in a larger-than-usual class throughout the day. On the Penn State blog today, I’ll be breaking down each of the signees. Here is my scouting report on the class’ lone quarterback recruit, Micah Bowens.
School: Bishop Gorman HS (Nev.)
Projected position: Quarterback
Rating: Four stars by ESPN; Three stars by Rivals.com and 247sports
Other offers: Arizona, BYU, Duke, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, West Virginia, Oregon State.
Projection: Bowens is a good athlete who does a lot of things that fit in with Penn State’s offensive philosophy. He runs the ball well and is comfortable in the open field. But, he keeps his eyes downfield for the big play at the same time. On deep throws, he displays nice touch and seems accurate, letting receivers run to the ball and make a play. He’s a consistent big-play threat who looks sound mechanically, even if his release can be tightened up a big. All that said, arm strength on the shorter throws into tighter coverage is a question. He’ll have to prove he can make all the throws, but Bowen will do no worse than provide good depth and some fresh legs at a position where the Nittany Lions will need them if quarterbacks continue to be a major part of the running game.
Donnie Collins has been a member of The Times-Tribune sports staff for nearly 20 years and has been the Penn State football beat writer for Times-Shamrock Newspapers since 2004. The Penn State Football Blog covers Nittany Lions, Big Ten and big-time college football news from Beaver Stadium to the practice field, the bowl game to National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5368; @DonnieCollinsTT