Heading into the 2008 season La Cueva HS RB/LB Gus Bowe appears to be one of the top overall players and collegiate prospects.
As a junior Bowe rushed for more than 900 yards and reached pay dirt 12 times, Bowe (5'11 195) is a bowling ball type of a back and really makes his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball.
At this point in the recruiting process he has no offers to speak of, but is hearing from several schools including
We recently had a chance to watch his tape and break down his game as a collegiate prospect.
Tough hard nosed football player…throwback type that feeds off contact…explosive within a 10 yard period…plays hard with a non stop motor…runs with a good pad level…gets downhill on defense…will read keys and make plays in the backfield…very good tackler.
Lack of top end speed will keep him off the field offensively in college…more of a fullback type runner…size is an issue…needs to add bulk to play in college
Gus Bowe is a stud high school football player, he will be preseason all state by most publications and is one of the top 5 overall players in the state next season. Bowe is a player that a coach can build around on both sides of the ball, he runs hard, plays hard and is a physical football player. Offensively, he is a back that appears to run better after 20 carries, because he will wear down a defense. He's tough hard nosed and will try and run people over if he gets the chance. While he's not a burner, he does have enough speed to take it the distance at this level. Defensively, he makes his reads and goes. His 40 time might not be the best in the state but his 10 yard explosiveness is noticeable on the defensive side of the ball. He is also a great tackler, driving his hips on contact.
From an offensive standpoint, Bowe ideally would be a fullback. The problem for him is most schools no longer use a fullback. With so many teams going to the spread offense, the fullback position is really a dying breed. He is a very good hard runner, but he doesn't have that top end speed to be effective in college. I really feel that his best bet is as a defensive player. As a linebacker he had good instincts and is explosive. He also plays downhill and really gets after his key read, blowing up plays in the backfield on several occasions. He is probably best suited to play OLB in college, preferably as a weak side linebacker, which would allow him to take advantage of his speed and athleticism. With all that being said, I feel that right now Bowe is probably a 1AA type prospect. He could end up getting looks from other schools depending on need and how he plays this season. I would advise him to get out and compete in every camp and combine that's possible in order to prove his skills against bigger competition.
Gus Bowe has been invited to our Scout.com combine in
Junior highlights of Albuquerque (NM) La Cueva RB/LB Gus Bowe