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Shaker Heights (Ohio) offensive lineman Ja'Merez Bowen is starting to get serious about his recruitment and took his first official visit of the process last week.
"I went to Cincinnati and it was a good school, I liked it a lot," Bowen said. "I liked how hard they were playing against Louisville. They didn't give up even though the media had them as the underdogs. They came out and played their heart out."
Cincinnati is a school that has been in close contact with Bowen since early in his recruitment. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound lineman used the official visit to build on his relationship with the Bearcats coaching staff.
"I talked to Coach (Robert) Prunty a lot," Bowen said. "He said if I come in and work hard, I have a good chance of starting as a freshman."
Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Nebraska are other schools that offered Bowen earlier in the process and have maintained contact with the three-star lineman. New schools have also showed interest following his senior season.
"Washington State and Michigan State have been talking to me," Bowen said. "They have been telling me how they got a hold of my film and liked what they saw."
Bowen is not expecting to take an official visit this coming weekend, but does have one scheduled on Jan. 17 to Georgia Tech.
"They said they have a good Broadcasting and Communications program, so I want to see how that is," Bowen said. "I'm going to ask a lot of questions about that because that's what I want to major in."
Bowen is expecting in-school visits this Friday from Michigan State assistant coach Jim Bollman as well as a Cincinnati coach.
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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