A big-time prospect is headed to Ann Arbor Wednesday, as 2023 five-star linebacker Drayk Bowen confirmed with Maize n Brew he is visiting Michigan for the first time this afternoon.
Linebackers coach George Helow offered the scholarship to Bowen back in March, and the two have been in pretty close contact ever since.
“Meeting the coaches in-person and seeing the stadium, for sure,” Bowen said regarding what he is most looking forward to on the trip.
Bowen also took a trip to Notre Dame on Tuesday, the program that holds all four of the crystal balls so far.
Wednesday is “Detroit Day” for the Michigan football program, a big recruiting event with predominately in-state prospects. But according to Chris Skinner, Bowen’s head coach at Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana, Bowen will not be on campus during this event.
“We have our last day of exams today. He’s leaving right after and probably won’t get to Ann Arbor until around 4 p.m.,” Skinner said. “I believe the plan is to tour the facilities and meet the staff. He did the same at Notre Dame (on Tuesday).”
With this development, Bowen will get more one-on-one time with the coaches, which could honestly be more beneficial for Michigan’s eventual chances. Of course, there is a long way to go in any 2023 recruitment, but giving him more one-on-one attention, at the very least, wouldn’t be a detriment by any means.
This past season as a sophomore, Bowen compiled 80 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception. He also had a successful freshman campaign where he notched 50 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks and two fumble recoveries.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is the No. 1 linebacker and the No. 25 player overall on the 247Sports composite early on in the 2023 class. Other than Michigan and Notre Dame, Bowen holds other offers from Clemson, LSU, Wisconsin, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Oregon and more.
Check out his sophomore highlights below, where he flashes on tape right off the bat.