This is the first in a series of Q&A's with Bi-City recruits in the Class of 2016. For the complete Q&A, go to ledger-enquirer.com/valley-preps. Coming Tuesday: Shaw’s Cam Paulding.
In the area, DeAndre Bowman’s name has been a prominent one in high school football for a few years.
While he still has his senior year with Pacelli left to play, he began making waves as an all-around athlete in both his sophomore and junior seasons.
At 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, he doesn’t have the absolute size that automatically draws attention from major college scouts. But his elite athleticism is enough to turn heads, and he has been looked at by a handful of schools at the highest level.
In his final year of high school, he is looking to continue his progress on both offense and defense and earn even more looks that could help him sign with a Division-I school.
The Ledger-Enquirer caught up with Bowman to discuss his recruitment and future on the football field.
So, how is the whole recruiting process going?
It’s going real well. I can’t complain about it. (Interest) is starting to pick up a lot more than it was my junior year.
Why do you think that is? Are you just starting to get your name out there more?
Yeah, it is because we’ve got the 2015 signees out of the way so now they can focus more on the Class of 2016. They can look at that (junior season tape) and say, you know, if he’s doing this well now he can build up on that.
What have you heard from coaches as far as what you need to focus on improving in your game?
Nothing in particular. You know, they’re just telling me to be patient and that something will come along.
How much have you heard from coaches about how they like your athleticism? Is that a major positive?
Yeah, most coaches have told me they really like my athleticism a lot. They say I’m very versatile, so I can play anywhere on the field. They mainly look at me as either a (defensive back) or a running back.
The goal for a lot of people is to play Division-I football. Does that matter to you? Or do you just want to be able to keep playing?
I really want to play high-caliber college football at the D-I level. I’m a competitive guy, and there’s a lot of good football anywhere, but I really want to have a chance to play against the best.
Have you gotten much attention from that level? And can you share some of the teams?
Yeah. Some of them like the Air Force Academy, Mercer or Georgia State are some of the biggest ones right now.
What’s your take from some of those schools? Do you rank them yet, or do you just kind of gauge things you like about each place?
About Georgia State, I like the location and the coaching staff and the offense they run. In the Air Force Academy, they run pretty much the same offense we do so it wouldn’t be a lot to learn. I would be able to jump right in. And Mercer, they want me as a DB and the way their defense is run is pretty similar to ours.
It’s your last year. What are you hoping to do this year that can kind of set you on that path for the next level?
I just want to play hard. You know, do the best that I can and try to break some records. We’ve got a chance to be a great team this year, so I just want to help out as much as I can.
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