Hermitage High School (Richmond, VA) linebacker Andrew Bowman made his final decision last evening, and has verbally committed to Virginia Tech. Bowman, who becomes Tech’s 16th verbal commitment, chose the Hokies over Virginia and Tennessee.
“He has committed to Virginia Tech,” Hermitage Head Coach Patrick Kane said. “It was tight among the final four schools. I think the difference was that he felt most comfortable with the defensive scheme at Virginia Tech. Andrew’s a pretty intuitive kid…he listens well, and he just felt more comfortable with the position he would play. It’s more of an inside linebacker spot, but it’s actually a cross between inside and outside linebacker.”
Bowman is one of the top prospects in the state of Virginia. As a senior, he played middle linebacker for Hermitage, finishing with 99 tackles (15 tackles-for-loss), five forced-fumbles, and two sacks. He earned AP AAA second-team all-state honors for his performance.
According to Coach Kane, Virginia Tech has offered punter Andrew Wilcox a chance to join the team as a recruited walk-on.
“He is excited about the chance to walk-on, but right now he is going to see if he can get any scholarships,” Kane said. “He is happy that Tech has given him the chance.”
Two Hermitage prospects to look out for include 6-5, 255 pound defensive end/tight end Jeffrey Fitzgerald and 6-3, 210 pound quarterback Jameel Sewell.
Fitzgerald, who plays both positions mentioned above for Hermitage, has received a scholarship offer from UVA. Sewell is a dual-threat quarterback who Coach Kane says has a “very strong arm and a good touch” and runs a 4.68 in the 40.
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