Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge class of 2014 defensive end Robert Bowers grew up in the shadow of the Ohio State University, but on Saturday the 6-foot-6, 210-pound prospect was in Ann Arbor to see the Buckeyes' rival, Michigan.
"I had never been in a big stadium like that and I loved it," Bowers said. "The fans treated me well. I appreciated that and am thinking about going there."
While in Ann Arbor for the game, Bowers spoke with Michigan defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery who said he was anxious to receive tape on the young pass rusher.
Bowers' recruitment could be an interesting one if both Ohio State and Michigan become heavily involved.
"My family are big Michigan fans," Bowers said. "Me, I loved Ohio State since I was seven."
When it comes to his recruitment, Bowers said he has heard more from Michigan than Ohio State at this stage and has connections to the Wolverines' program.
"[Former Michigan safety] Marcus Ray is helping me through the system and getting my name out there," Bowers said. "He is close friends with my uncle and my dad. They grew up with each other and are close friends, so we basically call him family."
Bowers has already picked up an offer from Cincinnati. Several more programs are in contact and considering scholarship offers.
"Illinois, they called Coach [Byron] Mattox three weeks ago asking about film. They were thinking about offering me," Bowers said. "Michigan is thinking about offering and a couple other schools are thinking about offering too."
Prior to the Michigan visit, Bowers' only other college game visit was to Michigan State in September to see the Spartans host Notre Dame. He is looking to get out to games at Illinois, Cincinnati before the fall is out and mentioned a desire to see the Ohio State-Michigan game in Columbus in November.
Heading into the final week of play in his regular season, Bowers has already collected 15 sacks for a 6-3 Walnut Ridge team. He said they have a shot to make the post-season with a win this weekend.