High School Sports

High school football previews: Ranking the top athletes in the Bi-City area--No. 5

Editor's note: They’re the most exciting players on the field. Blink, and you might miss something spectacular. In the past, football coaches tried to fit certain players into a specific mold. But the do-it-all athlete can’t be placed in a box. They’re a threat from multiple positions. This week’s preview series takes a look at some of the best athletes in the Bi-City area for 2014.

DEANDRE BOWMAN

Team: Pacelli

Class: Junior

Ht.: 5-9

Wt: 175

Last year's stats: Offense—70 carries for 540 yards and 8 touchdowns, 16 receptions for 404 yards and 3 touchdowns, 626 yards on returns and two kickoffs returned for touchdowns; Defense—5 interceptions, TD, 67 tackles, 1 FF, 1 FR

Recruiting info: N/A

Why he's on the list: Bowman is on the list because he fits the mold of a do-it-all athlete.

In Class A, players are expected to contribute on both sides of the ball. Contributing to the level that Bowman does in every facet of the game, however, is incredibly rare.

In 2013, quarterback Wyatt Peterson was arguably the most important person on offense. Defensive lineman Chris Rehak may have been the key on defense. But Bowman was probably a close second behind either man, and he was without doubt the most effective on special teams.

He lacks some of the size and straight-line speed that college coaches look for in premier Division-I talent, so he hasn’t gotten quite as much attention as some might think heading into his junior season.

With that said, he is a threat to score from all of his positions on the field, and that makes him a very, very dangerous man.

With Peterson graduated, look for Bowman to be one of the players the Vikings lean on most this season. If he can live up to his potential — and there’s no reason to think he can’t — then Pacelli should continue its upward trend in 2014.

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