The second National Signing Day for the Class of 2020 is coming up in a few weeks, but Iowa isn't expected to sign any additional 2020 recruits right now. They've fully moved on to Class of 2021 recruits now and they added another one on Saturday.
I am extremely excited to announce that I am staying home and I am 100% committed to The University of Iowa! I would like to thank all of my coaches, family, and teammates for helping me get to this point! Go Hawks #swarm21 #fightforiowa pic.twitter.com/D5XkJ45Ys4— Jeffrey Bowie (@jeffreyjbowie) January 25, 2020
Bowie, listed at 6'5", 242 lbs, is a defensive line prospect. Both Rivals and 247 rank him a 3* recruit. He's also another in-state recruiting victory for the Hawkeye staff -- Bowie, from West Branch, IA, is the fifth player from Iowa to verbally commit to Iowa. The 2021 in-state class is viewed as one of the better crops of Iowa talent in several years and Iowa already has verbal commitments from four of the top seven recruits in that class. It's reassuring to see that in-state recruiting isn't taking a hit from the retirement of Reese Morgan last year.
Bowie chose Iowa over offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas State, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, and Northern Illinois. That's an impressive offer list -- more meaningful than the 3* rating itself -- and it's always gratifying to see Iowa beating out so many other Power 5 offers. It's especially gratifying to see Iowa beating out several local rivals like Iowa State, Minnesota, and Nebraska for Bowie's services.
Iowa's track of record of success developing players was what ultimately sealed Bowie's decision to choose the Hawkeyes, per Rivals:
"There is no place like Iowa," Bowie told HawkeyeReport.com. "They have everything I could ask for - great culture, great coaches and no program develops kids better."
"I am really excited to work with Coach Doyle and Coach Bell," said Bowie.
Iowa's developmental track record is well-founded at this point and it's a clear selling point for the program. With four Hawkeyes set to possibly play in next Sunday's Super Bowl, that selling point should only get stronger.
You can check out some highlights of Bowie in action here:
Bowie shows off a nice first step in those highlights, and the strength and quickness to shed blockers. He has pretty good finishing speed once he gets into the backfield as well. He had 22 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks last season, so he did plenty of damage behind the line of scrimmage. He also appeared to line up at both end and tackle, so there's some definite flexibility there. We'll see where he lands at Iowa.
We're already excited to see Bowie knife through opposing offensive lines, though. Welcome to Iowa, Jeff.