Saturday afternoon, current West Branch Bear Jeff Bowie announced that he is committing to the University of Iowa to play football for the Hawkeyes.
I am extremely excited to announce that I am staying home and I am 100% committed to The University of Iowa! I would like to thank all of my coaches, family, and teammates for helping me get to this point! Go Hawks #swarm21 #fightforiowa pic.twitter.com/D5XkJ45Ys4— Jeffrey Bowie (@jeffreyjbowie) January 25, 2020
Over the past year, the 6'5 junior has received nine scholarship offers from universities around the country:
- Northern Illinois University
- Iowa State University
- University of Nebraska
- University of Minnesota
- Virginia Tech
- University of Iowa
- Indiana University
- Kansas State University
During the 2019 season, Bowie played right tackle and defensive end. On the defensive side, he racked up 44.5 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
Bowie joins a list of seven other West Branch football players to join the University of Iowa and play football. Warren Pierce played in the late 1940s/early 1950s; Pat Foster played in the 1960s; Ray Fountain entered in 1981; Marv Cook joined in 1984; Kevin Braddock joined in 1992; Ryan Deets joined in 2004; and Bo Bower joined in 2013; and Jacob Giese joined in 2015.
Congratulations to Jeff, his family, his teammates, and coaches for this accomplishment. We can't wait to see you play on Saturdays. But first, the 2020 Bear football season.