Back in 2005, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and I were standing at an Ohio State summer camp discussing the strengths/weaknesses of Toledo Central Catholic standout, Dane Sanzenbacher.
I questioned his overall speed, 40 time, and 5’11 height. Coach Tressel said that he runs a 48/400m time every time he runs it and that was good enough for him. Sanzenbacher’s history as a football player is pretty well documented.
Toledo Central Catholic has a receiver in the Class of 2019 who is being compared to former OSU star and Chicago Bear, Dane Sanzenbacher.
Jase Bowen is a solid 6’0-190 and physically strong. Excellent speed, but he has what I call “productive speed.” Fast with a football in his hands. A big play maker. Excellent vision. Makes cuts and does not lose speed. Natural burst, but needs to get better. Runs well after the catch. Plays defense, as well. Sure tackler. Excellent closing speed.
What separates Jase from other receivers is his desire to compete. Hates to lose in anything. Getting a 24ACT score bothers him. Carries a 4.0+ in the classroom. Really believe his best position on the next level is as a slot receiver. Get the ball is his hands and let him make plays. Does this in high school and will do it with a Power Five school.
Jase does the same types of things on a baseball diamond in the spring. Played outfield early in high school, but now is the shortstop for Toledo CC. Lead off batter hitting from the right side. I would guess he makes plays as a lead off hitter, as well. As far as shortstop – must be a leader, baseball smart, and have a gun.
Good enough baseball player to be offered scholarship money from Notre Dame. Actually, he accepted a baseball scholarship from Notre Dame, but has since put that on hold. Jase is weighing football offers now, including UC, Toledo, and Iowa State. More to come for real. Michigan State is also in the picture.
Obviously, he would like to play both sports in college. I am sure that some schools will make that part of their recruiting brown sugar, and he will have that to consider. Also, a good possibility that he will get drafted to play major league baseball.
After talking with him, I am excited for him, because he is tougher than I thought. Like his self confidence. Like his physical presence. Like his ability to carry on a conversation. Like his ability to make eye contact. Really like that he knew what a “back door slider” is.
But as colleges, go with their silly thoughts on recruiting, they probably will not see what I see. They will see the general high/weight and speed that most of them use.
Jase Bowen is one of the top receivers in the Ohio 2019 Class. Not on the outside, but he is the best slot receiver in Ohio. Plain and simple.