The foundation for Kansas State's 2009 football recruiting class looks like it's going to be built with big men. After landing a pledge from 6-8, 266-pound Josh Johnson recently, the Wildcats have added another talented – and big – offensive lineman to the commitment list.
Sand Springs, Okla., tackle Michael Bowie said he committed to the Wildcats this past Thursday, picking K-State over offers from Tulsa, Iowa State and Oregon State. He said other schools like Michigan State and Oklahoma State were also interested in him, but after a recent unofficial visit to Manhattan he was sold.
"I went up there for a visit not too long ago, and they offered me," Bowie said.
"I talked to them about how I would fit it, and then went and talked things over with my family. I decided to just go ahead and hop on the offer. They recruited me for offensive line, but I can also play defensive end or maybe tackle."
Bowie said the Wildcat coaches were excited about his decision.
"Coach (Ron) Prince was pumped up when I told him," Bowie said. "He said that I was their type of player. He also stressed how important academics are to his players and that I'm going to be a nice fit for their program.
"My recruiting coach was Tim McCarty. He's a real cool guy. He was straight with me about everything, telling me how it is and how's going to be when I get up there. He said you have to expect to work hard, but the hard work will pay off."
Bowie said he's a talented blocker that's not afraid to get after it.
"I think my blocking ability is my biggest strength," he said.
"I like to always go 100 percent and hustle all the time. I've been working hard at getting bigger and stronger. I think I'm a good player, but I also have a long ways to go. I want to be able to help K-State early on if I can."
Bowie is currently not ranked by Rivals.com, but will be further evaluated when film is available on him.