Cleveland (Ohio) Shaker Heights has a deep crop of prospects in their 2014 class. One who will headline that group is 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman Ja'Merez Bowen, who did not foresee this level of early recruiting attention.
"I never thought I was going to have offers," Bowen said. "I improved a lot attitude-wise on and off the field. Coach helped me with it and the people around me helped me with my character so I could be here today. My coach got the [college] coaches in talking to me and it has helped me a lot. They liked my film, called coach and said 'I like it, we're offering him.'"
Already coaches from UCLA, Pitt, Akron and N.C. State have extended scholarships to Bowen. The offer from UCLA particularly stands out to the junior lineman.
"I haven't really talked to them, but I just like hot weather," Bowen said. "I can consider it as a school to go to and play football for, and like the program too."
Bowen has not yet visited UCLA and does not have immediate plans to, but hopes to see the campus sometime in the next year. He expects to have plenty of time to make visits like that because he will not start a serious examination of his recruiting process until after his senior season.
"I am not thinking about college right now," Bowen said. "I am worried about playing here first, then I'll start worrying about recruiting."