Devin Bowman qualifies

McClatchy NewspapersAugust 1, 2011 

ATHENS - Defensive back Devin Bowman has attained a needed test score and qualified academically, according to his high school coach. That puts Bowman on track to report to Georgia this week for the opening of practice.

“He’s ready to go," said Mark Mariakis, the Ridgeland High School football head coach. "He’s actually talking to Georgia as we speak, just trying to figure out.”

That leaves inside linebacker Kent Turene as the only signee still in limbo. Turene is awaiting word from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

The Bulldogs have so far only had one signee, defensive tackle Chris Mayes, not qualify. Mayes is headed to junior college instead.

Bowman, a 6-foot, 175-pound prospect from Ridgeland High School, was rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com.

“They recruited him as a defensive back," Mariakis said of Bowman, whose brother Michael is a receiver at Alabama. "But he’s also a very dangerous with the ball in his hands as a tailback/receiver and return guy on special teams. But his primary position was going to be as a cover corner.

“They’re getting a great football player. A smart football player. A good personality. And a player that just makes things happen.”

Bowman's status was more questionable than Turene's this summer, but Turene is turning out to be the most worrisome. While Bowman might redshirt anyway with Georgia loaded in the secondary, the attrition at inside linebacker leaves Turene with a chance to play right away - if he gets cleared.

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