Shaker Heights (Ohio) offensive lineman Ja'Merez Bowen waited until the last few weeks before his team opened camp before the 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect made his first summer college visit.
"I went to Cincinnati this past weekend," Bowen said. "I was just there to meet the coaches. They have a lot of people leaving, so there's a better chance to play right away than most schools."
Cincinnati had their Friday Night Lights camp last week, but Bowen said he did not make it down there in time to take part in that event. This was not his first trip to the campus, but it was one of the first times he met the entire coaching staff under new head coach Tommy Tuberville.
"They are real cool and easy to talk to," Bowen said. "Of all the teams showing interest, Cincinnati has been recruiting me the most. Ever since they offered they have been showing real interest and telling me a lot about the school."
According to Bowen, he learned of Cincinnati's offer just two months ago and the Bearcats have made a strong impression on him since.
"I'm not going to say I'm ready to commit to them," Bowen said. "I still want to see what the other places are like."
With coaches unable to phone prospects over the summer, Bowen has had limited contact with other schools since the Spring Evaluation Period ended. He plans to reconnect with the coaches from schools that have offered and start looking at fall visits.
"I wish I could visit all of them," Bowen said. "I know I want to get down to Louisville. Their coach has been trying to get me down there, I just haven't had the transportation yet."
Bowen has plenty of time to reconnect with schools because he does not plan to make his final college decision until close to National Signing Day.