(Ross Bowers 6-2 175 Fr. QB Bothell)
Normally at NEI we tend not to feature High School Freshman, but we think we may have found two kids worthy of an exception. Ross Bowers (6-2 175 Fr. QB Bothell) is considered the #1 QB in Washington for the class of 2015, and has looked extremely impressive at our elite events with the top sophomore and junior QB’s in State.
Bowers played in 7 games during the regular season gaining valuable experience at an early age. The thing that separates Ross is his demeanor. The kid is mature beyond his years, and all of his teammates realize what type of young talent they are dealing with. Ross says, ” I feel like I got more comfortable as the year went on and my arm strength helped me, I really want to work on my foot work and improve in that area”.
Bowers remains very grounded, ” I still go to the junior high here so its not as if the 7th graders really know what Im doing on Friday Nights, its actually pretty humbling”. Canyon Park Junior High has a pretty special kid, that has attracted the attention of all of us at NEI and especially Taylor Barton.
Taylor says, ” Ross has all of the intangibles to be one of the best QB’s to ever come out of the state, he’s the real deal”. Bowers talent speaks for itself, but his work ethic is what Barton likes to see. “The kid is willing to grind day in and day out and live football, that is what it takes these days to succeed at the highest level”.
Taylor and Max Browne will be traveling to USC this week to meet with Lane Kiffin and Staff. Its not out of the realm of possibility that Barton and Bowers are taking similar trips in a few years.
The other stand out athlete that many of you may be familiar with is Cy Sirmon (6- 2 195 Fr. LB Wenatchee). The name Sirmon resonates all over the Northwest as his father John and Uncle Peter had successful college and professional careers. Both played there High School ball in ” the land so great they named it twice” Walla Walla, and then went on to Idaho (John Sirmon) and Oregon (Peter).
Peter Sirmon had an incredible NFL career with the Tennessee Titans (2000-06), getting to a Super Bowl and compiling 343 tackles, 5 sacks, and 4 Int’s over his career. He is now back coaching and recruiting for the once hated Huskies as he is a proud Duck alum.
Cy’s upside is through the roof and he was one of only a couple freshman invited to participate at our Elite (Invite only) events this past winter. First and foremost the kid is extremely talented, but his work ethic and attitude separate him from his peers.
He has been raised right and conducts himself with class on and off the field. The fact that he is only a freshman is borderline scary considering all of the growth and experience he will get over the next few years. His intangibles are obvious, but the young Sirmon says, ” I don’t expect anything to be handed to me, I plan on going out there and being the hardest worker on the field”. He continued, ” The success we have had in our family with football makes me work harder, I would never just rely on my last name”.
Wenatchee’s starting linebackers will be graduating in 2012 so its a great opportunity for Cy to start as a sophomore next season. “We have some outstanding athletes coming back and Im looking forward to contributing however I can, Im going to try and go out and earn a starting role”.
We will look forward to covering Bowers and Sirmon over the next couple of seasons and think they are even better kids then athletes.
(Cy Sirmon 6-2 195 Fr. LB Wenatchee)