Hermitage (Richmond, VA) linebacker Andrew Bowman announced his long-awaited college decision yesterday, choosing Virginia Tech over Tennessee and Virginia. He had also made an official visit to Purdue, who was still being considered as well.
In the end, Bowman made what was a tough decision, and went with where he felt the most comfortable with the defensive scheme.
“Yeah it was pretty tough,” Bowman said of his choice. “I kind of went back and forth with it a couple of times. I just felt that, defensively, Virginia Tech was the best spot for me. That’s why I chose them. They want me to play outside linebacker. It’s a similar spot to the position I played my junior year, when I was creating havoc all over the place.
“And I did like the atmosphere at Virginia Tech when I went there on every occasion. It’s a nice place.”
Bowman’s decision came down to the two schools recruiting him for an outside linebacker-type position – Tech and Tennessee.
“Really it was down to Tech and Tennessee,” Bowman said. “Some of it was the exposure that both schools have, and I liked both of their defensive schemes. Virginia was still in the race to. There wasn’t anything against them… it was just my feeling towards Virginia Tech and Tennessee and not against them.”
Virginia Tech indicated that Bowman may have a chance to play early, depending upon how prepared he is mentally.
“Basically, if I know what’s going on, then I might be able to play early,” Bowman said. “It all depends on how quickly I can pick up the system. Coach Foster is going to give me a playbook after I sign.”
The 6-1, 230 pound linebacker is known as a big hitter who can fly all around the field. He would like to work on his speed before getting to Virginia Tech, but feels very comfortable with the rest of his game right now.
“I think I could increase my speed,” Bowman said. “I think things will be all right with my field vision and my hitting though.”
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