Brock Bowers is not like other tight ends. Sure, he has great size for the tight end position with a 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame, but what separates Bowers from his peers is the impact he’s made in his first year in Athens.
Take a look at this: Bowers is on pace to have more receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns than NFL studs Kyle Pitts, T.J. Hockenson, Travis Kelce and George Kittle had during their entire freshman years. COMBINED. Freshmen don’t do that.
Brock Bowers Recruiting
Arizona State, Auburn, California, LSU, Michigan, Nevada, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Utah State were all aiming to recruit Bowers, but the offer the Bulldogs made was too enticing. Clemson was involved in the recruiting process as well, but the Tigers never formally reached out.
The four-star tight end was a key member of head coach Kirby Smart‘s 2021 football recruiting class. UGA finished as fourth-best bunch in college football with only Alabama, Ohio State and LSU ranked ahead.
TE Brock Bowers High School Highlights
In this video, you can see tight end Brock Bowers’ athleticism on display. He ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash, and he can get past linebackers with ease. He blocks well, but his real calling is as a route-runner.
For the last three seasons of his prep career, Bowers played for Napa High School in California. He first showed up on the radar of college football coaches in his junior year, when he posted 1,098 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, which were both school records.
Brock Bowers at Georgia
Brock Bowers was poised to be special at the University of Georgia. We didn’t anticipate he would be this special this quickly. The trust in Bowers was apparent from the first play from scrimmage against Clemson, when he caught a seven-yard pass from quarterback JT Daniels. It was only a glimpse of what was to come.
Through four games, Bowers leads the team with 18 receptions, 272 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. The true freshman tight end immediately turned into a favorite target for Daniels and Stetson Bennett due to his size, athleticism and reliability.
Just look at that speed on his 88-yard touchdown against UAB:
Brock Bowers’ 88-Yard TD
His performance on the field have teammates singing his praises, per The Macon Telegraph:
“He’s different,” outside linebacker Adam Anderson said.
“He’s a freak athlete who can do anything on the field,” safety Christopher Smith said.
“He’s the most athletic tight end I’ve seen walk through here,” inside linebacker Channing Tindall said. “I’m going to keep saying it.”
Bowers is sure to make the freshman All-American team and have a great shot at the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s best tight end, if he keeps it up.
Georgia fans are ecstatic they have at least two more years of Bowers. The rest of the SEC? Not so much.
This post was originally published on December 1, 2020, but was updated after Bowers began solidifying himself as the country’s best tight end.