Johnny Bowens, DL
Depending on what happens for defensive line coach Bo Davis and the Longhorns and the 2023 class recruiting this position group heading into the fall, a name to watch could be the touted four-star Converse-Judson defensive lineman Johnny Bowens. A former Texas A&M commit that was one of the initial commits in the Aggies 2023 class, Bowens backed off his pledge a couple of months ago.
Bowens originally gave his commitment to the Aggies back on Christmas Day 2021. He wound up sticking around for a while until an unofficial visit to Eugene to see the Oregon Ducks saw him back off that commitment on June 28, 2022.
There wasn’t much regarding communication or traction heightening between Bowens and the Ducks in the last few weeks, though.
That opened the door for a few possibilities for the blue-chip in-state defensive lineman heading into the fall.
First and foremost, the door is still clearly open for Bowens to pick up on the interest with new head coach Dan Lanning and the Ducks again. There is also still the possibility that Texas A&M is able to reel back in the commitment of Bowens in their 2023 class.
But there is a world where Davis and the Longhorns could pick up the communication with Bowens once again. Texas was actually one of the first schools to offer Bowens, which came his way last summer.
If Texas doesn’t hit on some of the top defensive line targets this fall, such as four-star Westside (FL) product Jordan Hall, five-star Katy-Paetow product David “DJ” Hicks, four-star Naaman Forest product Markis Deal, etc., Bowens could certainly be a name to watch to round out the recruiting for this position group for the 2023 cycle.