Last season, the Hermitage Panthers (Richmond, VA) had one of the best seasons in school history, going undefeated during the regular season. The Panthers fell short in their quest for a state championship, losing to Thomas Dale in the AAA playoffs.
Linebacker Andrew Bowman , who is one of the top prospects in the state of Virginia and the leader of the Panther defense, believes his team can achieve more this season.
“Basically, our goal is to go farther than we did last year,” said Bowman. “Our goal is to win a state championship. I think we will be better this year. We will be a lot faster at the skill positions than we were last year.”
Bowman himself switches from outside linebacker to middle linebacker. As a junior, he earned second-team all-metro and first-team all-district honors as an outside linebacker. He feels comfortable with his move to the middle, as he started two games at that position last season.
“I don’t think the switch will be tough for me,” said Bowman. “I started two games there last year. The difference will be that I have to make quicker decisions. I’ll have to deal with a more faster pace and react quicker. At the same time, you can’t be too fast…you have to take your time and make the right decision.”
With 4.6 40 speed, Bowman believes he will be very effective at middle linebacker.
“I believe I have great speed,” said Bowman. “I think I’ll be able to control the game more from middle linebacker. It will also help me for the next level. Most schools are recruiting me to play middle linebacker.”
In looking towards his senior season, Bowman has also seen his recruitment pick up. He now has nine scholarship offers. Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, North Carolina, Clemson, Purdue, East Carolina, Duke, and Richmond have offered.
He has not narrowed his list and hopes to make his decision around Signing Day.
“I haven’t really thought about narrowing my list,” said Bowman. “My goal is to decide in February. I’m not sure if I will take any visits during the season or wait until after. I might take some visits if my schedule works out.
“I don’t know which schools I want to visit. I don’t think it will be too hard to narrow my list once I start thinking more about recruiting. I just haven’t thought about it too much.”
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