Mark Dantonio’s 2014 DE Commit Robert Bowers Ready To Impact Spartan Football Immediately

He may not have received an offer from his “dream school” Ohio State, but defensive end Robert Bowers out of Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus knows that it’s the Buckeyes who will be sorry.  In fact he is spending time thanking God for those unanswered prayers as this Spartan is ready to arrive in East Lansing. 

A supremely talented athlete who possesses great speed, size, agility, and lateral quickness, Bowers will settle right in on the Spartan defensive line when his number is called.  Getting to play in the nation’s best defense and for the country’s top defensive line coach in Ron Burton, is just an added bonus.

In high school, Bowers excelled as a four sport athlete, playing football, basketball, baseball, and running track. Standing at an imposing 6-6, Bower’s play is reminiscent of other tall MSU D-lineman, like former Spartan great Will Gholston and current star Shilique Calhoun.

Bowers told Spartan Nation Radio that he began to notice his athletic ability around the age of 11 during a championship football game where he made a key interception on defense then scored the game winning touchdown on offense, all on a hurt ankle. 

Growing up, Robert’s goal was to play college football in the Big Ten, preferably for his hometown Buckeyes. When OSU didn’t offer, however, Bowers realized that in the long run, it was going to be their mistake. “They are going to me mad because I am going to ball against them. They are going to wish they would have got me.”

Having faced many doubters in life, Robert has learned to persevere through adversity and hardship.  He remembers friends at school telling him he “wasn’t going to go anywhere in life.” With the support of his family who never stopped believing him, Robert is having the last laugh. He received his first scholarship offer as just a sophomore in high school and hasn’t looked back since. “I proved them wrong.”

Robert’s confidence as a player is both obvious and impressive. During his interview on Spartan Nation Radio with Hondo, Bower’s made it clear what he expects from himself during his time at MSU, and beyond. “I know I am going to be the best when I go to Michigan State”, adding “and I believe I am going to be the best in the NFL.”

As opposed to self-indulgent swagger or false bravado, Bower’s confidence stems from his insatiable desire to be great, coupled with a drive to put in the hours of preparation needed to achieve his lofty goals.

Despite all his skills as an athlete, Bowers’ greatest asset might just be his tireless work ethic. His excitement to get to work is palpable, telling Spartan Nation, “I can’t wait to be on that field everyday, practicing, sweating, working hard in the weight room.” In high school, Bowers said he “worked too hard” but he knows that when he gets to East Lansing he’s going to push it even harder.


Many young man with swagger come with thinking they know it all.  Not Bowers.  “I want to be coached.  I want people like Coach Narduzzi and Coach Burton that will push me to be great.  That was something I really liked about Michigan State.”

Bowers said he knew he wanted at be a Spartan the day MSU offered him his scholarship. “They drive people to the NFL, the coaches are really great”, continuing, “I fell in love as soon as I went up there. (East Lansing)” Becoming a member of the Spartan Nation family was according to Bowers, “the best thing that ever happened to me.” He may have grown up hoping to be a Buckeye, but right now for Robert Bowers “there’s nothing like a Spartan.”

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