Bowman Comments On First Visit

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Hermitage (Richmond, VA) linebacker Andrew Bowman returned today from his first official visit, which was to the University of Tennessee. His first “official” experience turned out to be a good one.

“It was real nice,” Bowman said of his Tennessee visit. “I enjoyed myself. The stadium was huge. They had over 100,000 fans there. It was loud, especially in the first half when the had most of their starters in the game. After the game, I enjoyed talking with my host and talking with the players.

“I would probably rate it an eight [on a scale of one-to-ten].”

Bowman, who was hosted by sophomore linebacker Kevin Simon, had a chance to speak with Tennessee Head Coach Phil Fulmer and Defensive Coordinator John Chavis.

“Coach Fulmer and Coach Chavis were telling me they want me to play the mike linebacker position,” Bowman said. “They said I would have an opportunity to come in and play and compete early on.”

Next week, Bowman will make an official visit to the University of Virginia. He visits Purdue on the weekend of December 6th and Virginia Tech on the weekend of December 12th.

Having already been to UVA and Virginia Tech on unofficial visits, he compared UT’s college atmosphere to the two Virginia programs.

“It was probably more city-like [than Virginia or Virginia Tech],” Bowman said. “It was the first time I’ve been in a setting like that. I felt pretty comfortable with it.”

Bowman did not think about committing to the Vols on his visit. He plans on making the rest of his official visits before announcing a decision.

“I didn’t think about committing,” Bowman said. “I’m going to wait until I take the rest of my visits. The three of those schools (Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech) are up there [on my list], and Purdue is there also. They are pretty much even right now.”

UNC will get Bowman’s fifth and final visit, however the date has not been set. Bowman said he will base his decision “on how I feel at each place, as well as my relationship with the coaches. I will go where I fit in the best.”

The 6-1, 230 pound linebacker star is one of the top prospects in the state of Virginia. He led Hermitage to a 9-1 regular season record, however the Panthers fell short of making the playoffs. Bowman finished with