Manor (Texas) 2016 Rivals100 linebacker Erick Fowler continues to see his offer list grow. In recent weeks he has added Oklahoma and Baylor, and he recently returned from a visit to the Oklahoma campus.
He made the trip with Sooner commitment P.J. Mbanasor, and Fowler came away impressed with the visit.
"Oklahoma it was really nice," Fowler said. "It wasn't too big, it wasn't too small. It was almost perfect. The people were real nice, practice looked good, the facilities and the dorms. It was all real nice."
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He was able to watch video with the Sooners, watch practice, and meet the coaching staff. There were several aspects of the visit which caught his attention, but there were a few which stood out more than the others.
"Actually the weight room was really nice and they told me they were going to expand it so I'm waiting to see that again," Fowler said. "The players and their excitement just to watch film and to practice that actually stood out as well."
Before the season starts, Fowler has a couple of more Big 12 trips planned.
"TCU, I'm actually waiting to see what they're looking like, and Baylor on Saturday, that's a big one for me as well," Fowler said.
He already has a few ties to the Baylor program with his cousin and Baylor running back signee Terence Williams now in Waco, and if all goes well at TCU it appears as if the Horned Frogs could be the next program to offer a scholarship.
Fowler already holds offers from UCLA, Texas State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Baylor, and Oklahoma, and as he looks at his options he is not ready to name any leaders. However, he does know what he is looking for in a future college program.
"I want positive energy in practice, excitement all the time, good facilities of course," Fowler said. "I don't want anything too big and not too small. It has to be just right, and not too far from home hopefully."
He has also noticed the amount of attention coming from UCLA, and as a result Los Angeles is one of a few unofficial visit destinations for the fall.
"I'm definitely going to go check UCLA out," Fowler said. "I'm definitely going to a Baylor game. I have to make a Texas one and talk to them."
Recruiting is a hot topic for Fowler right now as he is one of the top recruits in the area, but with football season approaching he has other things on his mind. Chief among those thoughts is improving on his 2013 season with a few things in mind.
"Covering because I'm at middle linebacker now," Fowler said. "The pass rush game is still there so hopefully that won't change."
As a sophomore in 2013, Fowler recorded 83 tackles, 19 sacks, an interception, and earned district defensive newcomer of the year honors. He is currently ranked No. 84 in the Rivals100 and No. 6 among outside linebackers.