Bowman to Graduate Early

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A major part of Suitland High School’s (Forestville, MD) state champion squad last season was Navorro Bowman. An inside linebacker on defense, the 6-0, 218-pound rising senior racked up 165 tackles and forced five fumbles. On offense, he rushed for 1,200 yards and 22 touchdowns. The talent is obviously there, but his leadership qualities as well as his heart are several more reasons why many, many Division 1A programs have extended scholarship offers.

“Schools like what I do,” Bowman said. Most schools are recruiting him to play linebacker. “They like my whole style of play. I’m an athlete and I just enjoy playing the game. I play hard every down and every play. I play with a lot of heart and I have a will to win. You can see that by our state championship last year.”

Bowman is as determined off the field as he is on it, exemplified by the fact that he is in position to graduate from high school in December. He is looking forward to taking advantage of his situation.

“I plan on coming out of school in December and enrolling in college in January,” Bowman said. “I decided to do that about three months ago. [Penn State freshman receiver] Derrick [Williams] told me the advantages and disadvantages of graduating early and I liked the advantages.”

With an eye towards graduating early, Bowman’s recruiting process will be speeded up a bit.

“Hopefully by the time school starts back up again or when football season starts, I’ll be able to narrow my list,” Bowman said. “I’ll probably narrow it down to three. I will take official visits to all three before I decide.”

As for making his decision public, Bowman says “I kind of want to keep my decision until the day comes when I have to sign my letter of intent.”

There are three schools currently high on Bowman’s list, but that could change if he is able to take more visits this summer.

“I think it’s still the same schools because I haven’t been on any visits,” Bowman said. “Virginia Tech, Penn State and Ohio State are probably up there.”

Has he visited any of the top three?

“I’ve been to Penn State for the Nike camp and I plan on getting up there again,” Bowman said. “Derrick is always telling me good things about them. Penn State seems like a good school. I plan on going to Ohio State and Virginia Tech, too. I’ll try and visit this summer.”

What does he like about Virginia Tech?

“I just like their style of play,” Bowman said. “I’ve heard rumors that there’s not