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May 31, 2013
Los Gatos (CA.) QB Nick Bawden has yet to be offered a scholarship, but that is probably about to change. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback has drawn some interest from the Fresno State program, recently having paid him a visit to watch him throw. The relationship between Bawden and Fresno State is still very much in its infancy, but both sides could soon find themselves wanting to discuss the possibility of more.
Bowden is taking in as much of the recruiting process as possible and taking advantage of the opportunity to grow while doing so. While Bawden hasn't participated in any 7-on-7's, he plans to keep himself plenty busy headed into the summer.
"I actually am not on a 7-on-7 team other than my school team," Bawden said. "We're going to be having some on-offs against other schools around the league. But this weekend I am going to the Elite-11 Super Regional in Columbus and then I'll be coming back on Sunday for the San Diego State camp down in Long Beach.
"Then, also, the weekend after I'm going to go to the Fresno State camp and the next weekend I'll be at Utah and Nevada-Reno. Those are just camps."
Bawden and Fresno State will have a better chance to get to know one another when he heads to their camps. Bawden isn't taking the situation lightly and plans to be as prepared as possible for his time with the Fresno State coaching staff.
"Yeah. Absolutely," Bawden said when asked if he was excited about his trip to Fresno. "I am actually signed up for their Elite Camp. I am definitely signed up for that camp and I am really excited for that; to meet the coaches and see more of what the program is about."
While Bawden has some familiarity with the program, he hasn't had the chance to do as much as he would like. He has seen and heard some things that he already likes about the Bulldogs.
"I've done a bit of research but I am not one-hundred percent sure on everything there," Bawden said. "I found out the kind of offense over there and what they're looking for in their quarterback, 'cause that's what I asked coach when he came out. I talked to him for probably five minutes.
"I haven't really got up a list of questions I would ask coach [ Nick Toth ] if he came out again," Bawden continued. "But when I was looking at the depth chart and when I was talking to him, he said they're going to play the best guy they have. So I really like that about them and I think that's how most schools are. They're gonna play the best guy who can put up the numbers. I like that about their program."
Coach Toth certainly made an impression on Bawden during their brief encounter.
"He's a funny guy," Bawden said while laughing. "I had a funny first impression of him
Bawden believes his skills would be a compliment to the right team and that he could help a program immediately.
"I think that I would bring a lot of leadership to the program pretty quickly, even as a young guy," Bawden said. "I would come in and try to run the show, if that's what they are looking for. But my strength in football would definitely be-one would be-my arm strength. I can make any throws on the field, whether or not I am running or standing still in the pocket.
"Then, also, my progression," Bawden added. "Knowing who the open receiver is, when to throw it to him on time, and being able to check the ball down when my first, second, or third read is not open. Being able to check that ball down to the back."
But Bawden recognizes that he has some weaknesses in his game as well.
"I think my weakness would probably be getting out of the pocket quicket," Bawden stated. I'm not much of a dual threat quarterback. I'm more of a pocket passer. So I can move around the pocket pretty well-I have good footowork is what people tell me-but when I am out of the pocket sprinting, I don't have 4.4s speed."
Despite this, Bawden has a good sense of the type of team that would allow him to showcase his skills.
"I would say more of a Spread/Pro team, like a Multiple [look] team almost," Bawden said of his preferred offense. "Because, when we have receivers out wide, the field is really spread out for me. So I can see things really easily and identify defenses a lot easier; identify coverages. Having the receivers out wide and letting me throw the ball down field is really what I am looking for."
But that's far from Bawden's only consideration. Bawden is also focused on choosing a school that will give him a life-long impact outside of football. Location isn't as important to him as growing and maturing as a person.
"I am generally an open book, but I want to go somewhere that's also going to teach me to be a better person, not just a football player," Bawden stressed. "You know, go somewhere that will give me ties for the rest of my life with long-time friends. A place with really good guys, not just a place to go and play football."
Regardless of where Bawden chooses to play college football, it's clear that the Bulldogs' coaching staff is targeting players with high moral fiber. Bawden's attitude reflects the type of player that the Bulldogs want representing their university and the Valley.
Nick Bawden might not have an offer yet, but it's difficult to imagine that his approach will go unrewarded. Either way, the future for the Bulldogs and Bawden look very bright.
Stay tuned to FSBulldogs.com for more updates on the Fresno State 2014 recruiting class.
Josh Webb is a special contributor to FSBulldogs.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @BulldogsTwist.
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