Good Iowa football teams have talent and depth along both the offensive and defensive lines. The best ones can get pressure on the quarterback with four down linemen on defense. That requires edge rushers who can not only get off the ball and into the backfield, but also hold their own in the run game without needing to come off the field.
That’s what the Hawkeyes believe they’re getting out of Jeff Bowie. A local product of West Branch, Bowie committed to the Hawkeyes last January following a spectacular junior season that saw his recruiting stock take off.
Today, Bowie is officially a Hawkeye.
( ): The Boss@jeffreyjbowie #Swarm21 x #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/yq0Xt6kl3T— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 16, 2020
At 6’5” and 242 pounds, Jeff Bowie has an excellent frame for a defensive end. He has the length to keep would be blockers at a distance and the combination of speed and power to blow by them. As a senior, Bowie finished with 20.5 tackles, 11 TFL, and 4 sacks in a shortened season.
That earned him three stars according to both Rivals and 247 Sports, as well as plenty of power 5 interest. In addition to the offer from Iowa, Bowie had offers from Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Vanderbilt and others.
Bowie is one of 10 commits from the state of Iowa expected to sign with the Hawkeyes during the early period. He’s one of four defensive line commits joining Illinois native Jeremiah Pittman as well as fellow Iowans Max Llewellyn and Griffin Liddle.
Welcome aboard, officially, Jeff Bowie!