2015 Colorado State football recruiting: QB Ross Bowers picks Cal over Rams

QB Ross Bowers chooses Cal over Colorado State - Student Sports

Colorado State missed out on quarterback Ross Bowers who elected to go to Cal.

Elite 11 quarterback Ross Bowers stuck with Colorado State to the end in his recruitment process to the very end alongside Cal, but the allure of going to a Pac-12 school was too much ignore, even a bad one.

The Washington-native Bowers is a pocket passing quarterback and heading to Cal will give him plenty of options to throw the ball in Sonny Dykes air-raid offense instead of Jim McElwain's pro-style offense.

Bowers has been performing well at The Opening and has even outperformed other higher rated quarterbacks. That probably did not factor into his decision but it did likely give him some confidence boost midway through this elite camp.

Colorado State was considered a long shot to land Bowers and the main reason that the Rams were able to hang around this long had a lot to do Bowers first offer came from coach McElwain.

Here is how Bowers is rated by the recruiting services:

247sports: 3 star [87], 22nd rated pro-style quarterback

Scout: 3 star, 58th rated quarterback

Rivals: 3 star

ESPN: 4 star [80], 12th rated pro-style quarterback

All is not lost for Colorado State as they are still targeting a pair of uncommitted quarterbacks which include four-star Sam Darnold who is also at the Elite 11 camp, but he is not likely to commit to the Rams.

The other is three-star pocket passing quarterback in Matthew Merrick who is based out of of Irving, Texas. The Texas-based quarterback's only other offer is from Nevada so that gives Rams a fairly good chance to earn a commitment from Merrick.

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