Valley Preps

Update: Four Pacelli football players sign


Despite playing half of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left leg, Pacelli's DeAndre Bowman performed well enough to capture the attention of football coaches at Georgia State University.

Wednesday, he used crutches to get to the table in the Pacelli gym to officially sign with the Atlanta school.

He was one of four players signing on a big day for the private Catholic School.

Besides Bowman's signing, Ben Davis signed with Davidson and both Mikal Marble and Trevor Robichaux signed with Cincinnati Christian.

Georgia State and Davidson are both NCAA Division I schools.

Asked about playing with the injury which was thought to just be a dislocation,  Bowman said it bothered him at times but there was not a lot of pain.

"Signing Division 1 has been a dream of mine since I was a small boy," said Bowman who also dreams of playing pro football someday. Bowman said he plans to play slot receiver at Georgia State, a place which sold him on its "family environment."

His teammate Ben Davis reached his goals in helping lead Pacelli to a 7-4 record and its third consecutive playoff appearance. He was a player who never came off the field.

"I rushed for 1,000 yards, made 100 tackles and scored 10 touchdowns, said Davis who expects to play outside linebacker for Davidson.

An honor student, he said he chose Davidson based on the next 40 years rather the next four.

"I am setting up for a great life," he said.

Coach Alan Griffin said Davis has a good combination of size and speed. "He is a tough kid and very smart," Griffin said.

He called Bowman a dominant player.

Griffin said defensive back, Robichaux completely shut down the left side of the offenses Pacelli faced. "Teams did not want to throw in his direction," Griffin said.

Of Marble, also a defensive back, Griffin remarked, "Mikal is a big hitter."