Atmosphere Impresses Bowman

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Hermitage linebacker Andrew Bowman , who is one of the top prospects in the state of Virginia, was on hand to see the Virginia Tech/Miami game last weekend. It was his first time ever seeing a Virginia Tech football game.

“It was crazy,” said Bowman of the game. “I didn’t believe it was going to be that loud at the stadium, when I first went there. But it really was, and I was surprised [by that]. I think the fans really stood out to me.”

Bowman was able to speak with the coaches and witness Virginia Tech’s pre-game walk ritual.

“I saw them walk down the road,” said Bowman. “[The turnout for that] basically shows how much the fans appreciate them. During the game I went out on the field for warm-ups, and I talked to Coach Beamer on the field. I talked to Coach Foster and Coach Cavanaugh.”

The talented linebacker attended the game with his cousin and Hermitage teammate Melvin Anderson. He also spent some time with former Hermitage player and current Virginia Tech tight end Duane Brown.

“I was chillin’ with Duane Brown for the most part,” said Bowman, who also spoke with current VT freshman linebacker Vince Hall and sophomore defensive end Noland Burchette. “He likes it (VT). He’s doing good. He said the reason they were able to defend [Kellen] Winslow was because he was working as him in practice, and he beat them up.”

Although the two are good friends, Brown did not try and persuade Andrew to join him at Virginia Tech.

“Basically, he told me to make my own decision,” said Bowman.

The three teams on top of Bowman’s list right now are Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee. Following an impressive weekend, it appears his list remains the same with the top three pretty much even.

Bowman explained why he likes his top three.

“I’d say they’re all pretty even,” said Bowman. “I like [Virginia] Tech for their great fan support, and they have a good defense. UVA has a good, up and coming defense. Tennessee I know always has a good football program. I haven’t been there before, so I can’t really say much.”

Official visits have been set to Virginia for the weekend of November 29th and Virginia Tech for the weekend of December 13th. Bowman says he is “trying to get either the 22nd of November or late December to go to Tennessee.”

As for a decision, do not expect one until he makes at least three official visits. Bowman is talking