Northwestern failed to land a running back in the 2017 recruiting class. But that won’t happen a second straight year.
Ohio running back Isaiah Bowser announced his commitment to the Northwestern football program Friday afternoon.
— Isaiah Bowser (@ibowser_) June 23, 2017
Prior to the announcement, he tweeted, “I have decided to skip my top 6 and make my decision this Friday at 4 pm!”
Northwestern likely had an idea of what that decision was going to be, but still, the Wildcats have to be relieved he will be coming to Evanston. The 3-star prospect addresses the program’s lack of depth at the running back position. The Wildcats did land high school running back Kyric McGowan this past spring, but he will likely play cornerback this fall.
Interestingly, he is also listed as a safety on 247Sports and played linebacker in high school, but Northwestern definitely has plans for Bowser to join the backfield. Standing at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, the 3-star prospect is an excellent athlete. He ran a 4.5 40-yard dash, 4.07 short shuttle run and a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump at a one-day camp with Northwestern this month.
With this addition, the Wildcats possess 15 commitments in the 2018 class. On the 247Sports composite rankings, Northwestern sits with the seventh-best class in the Big Ten.
In addition to Northwestern, Bowser received offers from Buffalo, Cincinnati, Indiana State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio and Western Michigan.