Brandon Bowen to TCU: Horned Frogs Land 4-Star DE Prospect

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2016

Credit: 247Sports

After initially committing to play at Baylor, 4-star defensive end Brandon Bowen decided to stay in Texas during his collegiate career, as he committed to TCU on Wednesday.

Greg Powers of Scout.com was the first to report Bowen's decision.  

Baylor granted Bowen his release on Friday after the sexual assault scandal that led to the dismissal of head coach Art Briles, per ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach.

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Bowen is the No. 12 weak-side defensive end, the No. 23 player from the state of Texas and the No. 147 overall recruit in the class of 2016.

Bowen will be eligible to play immediately for the Horned Frogs, and he could provide an instant boost to their pass rush.

The Trophy Club, Texas, native is on the small side for a defensive end at 6'5" and 227 pounds, but with a 40-yard-dash time of 4.63 seconds, per 247Sports, he has the speed and the agility needed to beat offensive tackles off the edge.

TCU ranked 33rd in the nation in sacks last season, and while Bowen may need some seasoning and to work on bulking up before becoming a big-time contributor, he has a legitimate chance to work his way into the rotation early on.

Not only does adding Bowen brighten the future of TCU's defense significantly, but it also damages one of its chief Big 12 rivals in Baylor. And that is integral as the two schools perennially jockey for College Football Playoff positioning.

   

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Star ranking courtesy of 247Sports.

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