3-star CB Richard Bowens III hoping to land Michigan State offer


Three-star cornerback Richard Bowens III from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s is one of the top recruits in the state who no one is talking about.

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The defensive back for the reigning Division 3 state champs has plenty of time to make an impression on schools before 2017 National Signing Day, but he’s hoping the looks come sooner rather than later.

Bowens III has Michigan State on his mind as one of the schools who he is hoping will offer in the near future and he got a chance to visit East Lansing this past weekend for the ‘Spartan 300.’

“It went great,” Bowens III said. “The coaching staff was really open and let us get up close to personal things like private meetings. The coaching staff keeps it real and doesn’t beat around the bush with recruitment and how things are to be a Spartan.”

‘Spartan 300’ is a new cycle that the Michigan State coaching staff is hoping will help land some of the nation’s top recruits and set it apart from other elite programs.

It consists of the top players from the 2016-2019 classes being invited to the opening of fall camp this summer (this past weekend), the Oregon game on Sept. 12, the Ohio State-Michigan State basketball game at the Breslin Center, the Green-White spring game in April and a one-day camp next summer.

Curtis Blackwell has been making a strong push for the top recruits in the state, along with coach Mark Dantonio, and this event was a huge step in the right direction.

“It was great to meet other ‘Spartan 300’ members,” said Bowens III. “The atmosphere made me feel like a family and was very welcoming. My favorite part of the day was watching practice up close.”

Bowens III has yet to really get an in-depth look from many schools, but he has received high praise from people close to the team, even being dubbed the top breakout candidate in the Catholic League in 2015.

Being teammates with top MSU targets KJ Hamler and Josh Ross is definitely a plus for the Spartans if they want to make a package deal out of the 2017 standouts. However, Bowens III is new to the recruiting scene and hasn’t had time to talk with his peers about playing together in East Lansing.

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“We never really have had time to talk about college together since my recruitment started to heat up,” he said. “It’s been more so high school football and winning another state championship.”

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  • The young St. Mary’s cornerback has shown a ton of interest in the MSU program and really likes how they are doing things nowadays, but is just waiting patiently for an offer.

    “I have yet to receive a offer there, but I can see myself at MSU. They are one of the many schools I’m interested in.”

    Michigan fans may argue that the Wolverines will always be looked at as the top dog in the state, but it’s safe to say that recruits today only know them as average and the Spartans as elite. Take it from this Bowens III quote:

    “I’m waiting on a higher level of interest from a lot of schools and MSU is definitely one of the schools I need to impress more so that they pull a trigger. I didn’t start watching college football until maybe late-middle school, but yes, I’m a fan of State.”

    A definite up-and-comer, keep an eye on Bowens III this year as his recruitment heats up.

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