Penn State’s pulls newest quarterback recruit from Las Vegas

By Derek Levarse - [email protected]
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Signing day came and went. And for the first time since James Franklin’s opening weeks as Penn State coach, the Nittany Lions didn’t have a quarterback already committed for the next year’s recruiting class.

Until now.

It only took two weeks for Penn State to secure a pledge from another signal-caller, as Franklin prefers to have a quarterback in the boat early to help serve as a leader for the class and recruit others.

For the 2020 cycle, that player is Micah Bowens, a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder from Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High School.

“Thank you to all the coaches who’ve recruited me throughout the last 2 years for the opportunity to play at the next level and continue what I love to do,” Bowens wrote Tuesday night on Twitter. “With that being said… I will be committing to (Penn State). Thank you (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ricky) Rahne and Coach Franklin for this amazing opportunity!

“Happy Valley … I’m home!”

A three-star prospect rated as the No. 23 dual threat quarterback in the country in the 247Sports Composite, Bowens received a scholarship offer from the Lions at the start of the month while visiting campus with a handful of teammates.

Included among his early offers are Arizona, Duke, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon and West Virginia.

Bowens fits the profile of most of Penn State’s quarterback targets. Mobility is more important to the Lions than size at the position. And leading a winning team is right at the top of the priority list.

And no team in Nevada wins more than Bishop Gorman.

With Bowens at the helm last fall, Gorman won its 10th straight state championship and 17th overall. The Gaels haven’t lost to another team from Nevada in nine years.

In the Class 4A state title game, Bowens accounted for four total touchdowns, rushing for 165 yards and two scores while throwing for 155 and two more as his team put up 69 points.

For his entire junior season, Bowens threw for 2,778 yards and 29 touchdowns in 14 games while completing nearly 65 percent of his passes (151-for-234). He added another 927 yards on the ground on 100 carries with four rushing scores.

For good measure, he hauled in a 58-yard touchdown catch as well.

Bowens becomes the fifth member of Penn State’s 2020 class, joining Michigan OL Grant Toutant, Florida LB Derek Wingo, Maryland athlete Curtis Jacobs and Maryland defensive back Joshuah Moten.

He’ll be arriving in the Lions’ quarterback room as fifth-year senior Tommy Stevens departs. He will be behind Sean Clifford, Will Levis and the two freshmen who just enrolled in January, Ta’Quan Roberson and Michael Johnson Jr.

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By Derek Levarse

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