7.Tyus Bowser

  • Defensive end/linebacker
  • John Tyler
  • 6-2, 205
  • offers from Memphis, Missouri, Texas Tech, ULL, West Virginia, Wyoming (per John Tyler coach Ricklan Holmes)

Like Harmony’s Lucas Askew, the No. 11 player in the preseason ETSN 25, John Tyler’s Tyus Bowser is hard to peg to a particular position when projecting him to the next level.

Bowser plays defensive end for JT, but his excellent athleticism and lack of a high-major defensive lineman's frame could make him an outside linebacker in college. He could also be an H-back/tight end hybrid on the offensive side of the ball.

Bowser, who is an established basketball player and travels during the summer with Next Generation AAU team, will be a terror on both sides of the ball for the Lions in 2012. Whether it’s rushing the passer off the edge, dropping into zone coverage, going out for passes, or taking wildcat snaps in JT’s goal-line jumbo set, Bowser will be a tough matchup for opponents. That versatility and athleticism, combined with an adequate frame for multiple positions on both sides of the ball, should help Division I FBS offers to continue to come for Bowser, who holds six right now, including two Big 12 and one SEC.

The ETSN 25 countdown so far ...

No. 8: D.J. Dean, ATH, Newton

No. 9: Greg Ward, ATH, John Tyler

No. 10: Bivins Caraway, QB, Longview

No. 11: Lucas Askew, TE/WR, Harmony

No. 12: Damien Haskins, RB, New Boston

No. 13: Tristan Durden, DT, Tatum

No. 14: Nick Siler, OL, Henderson

No. 15: Syd Moore, DT, Van

No. 16: Patrick "Monster" Brown, ATH, Henderson

No. 17: Everett Dickerson, ATH, Atlanta

No. 18: Zacchaeus Page, OL, Tyler Lee

No. 19: Darion Flowers, WR, John Tyler

No. 20: Demontrai Lewis, DE, Lufkin

No. 21: Jonathan Hunt, DT, Texas High

No. 22: JaBryce Taylor, WR, Lufkin

No. 23: Tre Allen, ATH, Chapel Hill

No. 24: Justice Liggins, WR, John Tyler

No. 25: Trey Washington, DB, Gilmer