Update: Ryan Bowles has committed to Towson.
It’s tough for Ryan Bowles, starting his senior season of high school football without a scholarship offer. While it may hurt, it is just reason for the quarterback to keep pushing forward.
“It’s a curse and a blessing at the same time,” Bowles said. “It’s a curse because you’re going through the process, and you’re putting everything into this and nothing is coming out. At the same time it’s motivation to keep working.”
The St. Mary Ryken student is staying positive. His team is 2-1 this season, and he is still talking to schools about possible scholarships.
“People are telling me ‘stay calm’ and stuff like that because a lot of schools want to see more tape,” Bowles said. “It’s just weird. They tell me don’t get discouraged, just stick with it.”
The Leonardtown, Maryland, resident has a very interesting history with football. He started playing football because everyone around him was doing it, but it soon turned into something he loved. Where many of his peers were brought up through a love of football, Bowles’ love developed overtime, but now he has a dream and he will do anything to achieve it.
“You go from like a kid’s dream of making it to the NFL, but as you get older you start seeing the work it really takes and how much you really have to do to get there,” Bowles said.
Bowles said he believes that there is something deeper in football than just throwing and catching. It’s a way of life. It’s a game, but it’s also something that can teach you how to live. That’s what drives him.
“It teaches you how to go through life. If you line up against somebody who may be bigger, faster, or stronger than you, as long as you do your best you can prevail. It teaches you that you can come out on top no matter what life throws at you,” Bowles explained.
The idea that there is always someone better than you is something that motivates Bowles. It keeps him moving forward.
It’s this work ethic that has schools looking his way. Bowles thinks that many people aren’t willing to put in the work to succeed. Success requires hard work on and off the field, and some athletes just don’t have the dedication. Bowles does.
“It’s a lot. You get up and you might be sore and want to take a day off, but you can’t feel sorry for yourself. You need to know that there’s somebody out there who is bigger, faster, and stronger than you who is getting up and going out to work,” Bowles said.
The work the high school senior put in this offseason has paid off. He has gotten bigger, faster, and more competitive. He put on 20 pounds of muscle, and he worked on his velocity during the summer. So far he has seen results this season.
Standing at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, running a 4.5 40-yard dash and throwing the ball 65 yards makes Bowles able to compete with any quarterback. His dual-threat style has some people comparing him to Colin Kaepernick.
This style gives him many options as he stands in the pocket. He understands his receivers are trying to get offers too so he is going to try and get them some throws, but because he can run, he has an option many people don’t have.
“I trust my team, I trust my receivers. If I can lay out a pass for them I’m going to do that, but if I’m going to tuck and run I can do that,” Bowles said.
For now, Bowles will focus on this season. The distraction of recruiting will get to be a hassle, but he is preparing a new highlight video, visiting schools on Saturdays for games, and talking to schools who may offer him a scholarship.
After all, as long as he continues to wake up and put in the work, one day he will be the bigger, faster, and stronger player across from someone else who needs motivation.