John Tyler senior Tyus Bowser made the long-awaited choice, for his college school and sport.
Bowser pledged to play football at Oklahoma State, Lions coach Ricklan Holmes confirmed via text message Thursday.
The 6-3, 230-pound defensive end with 4.5 speed, who led the JT defense during a run to the Class 4A Division I state semifinals, picked the Cowboys over Texas Tech, West Virginia, Missouri, Memphis and Louisiana-Lafayette, among others.
Rivals.com lists Bowser as a three-star recruit. Bowser, considered one of the state’s more-versatile athletes, lined up at a number of positions for the Lions. On defense, Bowser registered 73 tackles, 33 behind the line of scrimmage, to go with 17 hurries, six caused fumbles and one blocked kick. Bowser scored on a 37-yard fumble return.
On special teams, Bowser handled deep snapping duties and also returned four kicks for 74 yards with a long of 38. On offense, Bowser caught three passes for 57 yards and one TD, rushed for one score, and completed 6 of 16 passes for 50 yards and a TD, that coming late in JT’s win over Frisco Centennial in the state quarterfinals.
Bowser, who visited OSU last weekend, earned Associated Press All-State honors. The Lions finished with a 13-2 record, the third-most wins in school history.
“His size, speed and technique makes him a matchup problem for anybody that we go against,” JT head coach Ricklan Holmes said during the playoffs. “His ability to outrun lineman, to run through linemen, to avoid blocks, is what’s causing problems for the quarterback to get the ball off in time. He’s a game-changer right now.”
Bowser ended his Lions career as one of the most decorated and feared defenders in program history, drawing comparison with notable JT defenders such as 1990s All-American David Warren. Holmes, who was a teammate of Warren’s for the Lions, agreed with the comparison.
“I think it’s (fair),” Holmes said during the playoffs. “Any time you’re producing the number of tackles and sacks as he’s doing, and being a versatile player, you have to put him in the same category. He’s being consistent and understanding exactly what he needs to do to get things done.”
Bowser currently leads the JT basketball team in scoring, helping the Lions win district titles the previous two seasons. The All-East Texas basketball selection recently received a Division I basketball offer from Oral Roberts prior to opting for the gridiron.
JT all-state senior Fred Ross committed to Oklahoma State last year. Former JT defensive end Eric Davis, who played on the line with Bowser during the 2010 season, also plays for the Cowboys.
Several JT greats played for Oklahoma State, including Holmes, a former defensive back, ex-linebacker standout Pagitte McGee, and two-time All-American running back Kendall Hunter, currently a member of the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.