Shreveport (La.) Byrd defensive end Jalen Bowers was sideline most of his junior season with mono, so he has wasted little time making his presence felt for the Byrd Yellow Jackets.
Saturday in Byrd's Battle on the Border match-up with Marshall, Texas, the 6-3, 210-pound defender put constant pressure in the backfield as he helped Byrd to a 49-28 win.
"It was either a base block or when they passed we got in pass rush mode and went on by them to get sacks and make it easy for our secondary," Bowers said.
It's that kind of play that has college coaches paying close attention as Bowers begins his senior season.
"It's going good. I've talked to a couple of schools. I know they're still looking. They said once we get more into the season to send them some tape and we'll go from there," Bowers said of the recruiting process. "I've talked to McNeese, ULL, ULM, and Northwestern St."
He has yet to pick up his first offer, and at this point in the process is just looking for an opportunity to play on the college level.
"I really don't mind as long as I can keep playing somewhere," Bowers said. "If it's a good program and a good school I'll play anywhere."