Baylor received a New Year’s Day verbal commitment from senior defensive end Brandon Bowen, a top 60 national recruit by

Bowen was a two-year starter for Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas. The 6-5, 230-pound Bowen chose Baylor over schools like Oklahoma, TCU, Oregon and Oklahoma State.

“They have a nice family atmosphere that I want to be around,” Bowen said. “Baylor has recruited me since the end of my sophomore year. I went to a couple of their games and junior day. I like the academics and how well the team gets along.”

Bowen is ranked No. 4 nationally among weakside defensive ends by, and believes he can be an asset to Baylor’s defense.

As a senior, Bowen collected 59 tackles, including nine for loss, while also forcing four fumbles.

“I like hitting people and that’s why I like defense,” Bowen said. “I’ve got long arms and a good reach and I’m quick off the line. I’m going to work on my strength, speed and agility.”

Bowen won the Class 6A high-jump championship last May at 6 feet, 7 inches. He has played basketball for Byron Nelson High School, and also played wide receiver and tight end for the football team along with his defensive end duties.

The Bears now have 20 commitments in their 2016 class, including four mid-semester signees. Bowen is the second defensive end in the class as he joins Micheal Johnson of Missouri City Hightower.

The addition of Bowen puts Baylor No. 8 in’s national team rankings for 2016.

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