Top Target: Andrew Bowman

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As an in-state prospect, you know you qualify for “top-target” status if you receive offers from the big in-state schools. In the case of Hermitage linebacker Andrew Bowman , he has achieved that status. Virginia and Virginia Tech were the first two schools to offer the talented and energetic backer from central Virginia.

He has since received an offer from two more schools.

“I have received offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, University of Richmond, and the University of North Carolina,” said Bowman. “North Carolina was the most recent to offer me.”

In addition to these schools, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Maryland, Michigan State, and NC State are some other schools recruiting Bowman. At 6-1, 230 pounds, he projects as a middle linebacker in college despite playing primarily on the outside in high school.

“Schools want me to play middle linebacker,” said Bowman. “I played outside last year, but I played middle linebacker for two or three games when our regular middle linebacker got hurt. [Schools like me because] I run with a full motor and don’t take any plays off.”

It is his high motor, good frame, and good speed that should allow him to easily transition to middle linebacker in college. Bowman uses his 4.6 40 speed to fly all around the field, breaking up passes and making devastating hits.

A laid back person off the field, Bowman turns on the energy when game time comes.

“I can get intense, but I would say I’m laid back off the field,” said Bowman, who made two tackles as a junior where the opponents helmet was knocked off. “Once the first kick-off happens, that’s it. I’m energized. I’m set for the rest of the game.”

Bowman currently does not have a leader or any favorites. He hopes to narrow his list some time in September, likely during football season.

“Not right now,” said Bowman when asked if he has any favorite schools. “I’ll probably narrow the list to five during my senior football season. I may just take all five official visits.”

Last year, Hermitage wide receiver Fontel Mines signed with Virginia while Hermitage tight end Duane Brown inked with the Hokies. Neither players decision will have an effect on Bowman, who likes both in-state schools evenly.

“I would say they (UVA and VT) are neck and neck right now,” said Bowman. “But I don’t have any favorites.”

Bowman is one of the top linebacker prospects in the state of Virginia along with Kecoughtan’s