April 17, 2006

Electrifying wide receiver favors three

Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson wide receiver/cornerback Michael Bowman is one of the most electrifying prospects the Tar Heel State has to offer in its class of 2007. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Bowman has been timed as low as 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash and was named all-conference as a junior after accounting for 1,200 yards of offense and 11 touchdowns.

"My speed and my quickness are two of my biggest strengths," Bowman said. "I'm also a competitor and a guy that loves to win, so I do a good job of keeping my teammates motivated on the field."

Several schools have taken notice of Bowman's abilities.

"I have offers from South Carolina, Tennessee and East Carolina that I know of," he said. "I'm also interested in North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest."

Bowman took an unofficial visit to South Carolina earlier this spring and liked what he found.

"I liked the stadium at South Carolina a lot because it's so big. I like playing in front of a lot of people, so that's a big plus for them. I prefer to play offense in college, and they're recruiting me as a wide receiver, so I spent most of my time talking to Steve Spurrier Jr.. He was just telling about their offense and how much they need receivers."

Bowman has also attended junior days at Wake Forest and NC State.

"The main thing we did at Wake Forest was tour their big football facility that has the coaches' offices and everything in it. The thing I liked most about NC State was their hall of fame board. And they have a really big weight room. It's like 70 yards long."

North Carolina and Tennessee also rate highly on Bowman's list.

"I've always been a North Carolina fan, so they've always been like a top school to me. I also like their coaching staff and their facilities. Tennessee is a team with a lot of tradition, and I like their offensive system."

Bowman will decide which school fits him best based on multiple factors.

"I want to play early, but don't take that like I'm scared to compete. I'll compete with anybody, but I just want to know there's a chance for me to play early if I do my thing. I also want to play offense even though a lot of schools like me as a cornerback."

Don't look for a decision anytime soon according to Bowman.

"I'm not ready to make a decision yet," he said. "It will probably be sometime during my season or sometime after it. South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina are my top three schools, and they're even up."

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