It’s been almost four months since national signing day, but Kansas State keeps on adding to the 2017 class. Last week it was Jahron McPherson, DB from Basehor, KS, who committed, and this week Daron Bowles, JUCO DB from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA announced his commitment to Kansas State.
Bowles, originally hailing from Stone Mountain, GA, is currently unranked by the major recruiting sites, but adds depth to the defensive backfield as he’s the sixth defensive back signed by the Wildcats for the 2017 class. His measurements, 5-8 183 lbs and a 4.74 40 time, project him closer to a safety position than an outside corner.
His hudl.com video shows an instinctive player who does a good job diagnosing the play and then making the tackler, or closing quickly on a receiver. One particular play that stands-out early on the highlight reel shows Bowles breaking through the punt defense, and then blocking the kick. Bill Snyder must have loved seeing that, as we all know how much Coach Snyder values special teams.
There are a few plays where Bowles appears over powered by the running back. He always seems to do a good job standing his ground given his size, but strong running backs in the Big 12 could give him a more difficult challenge. It appears he enters Kansas State with 3 years to play 2 so a red-shirt season in the weight room is likely to help.
Overall, it appears Kansas State’s due diligence in scouting the JUCO ranks has paid off again, as Daron Bowles is a solid pickup for the 2017 class, and a player who can contribute both on special teams, and provide depth for this team in the coming years.