183 players from around the state of North Carolina turned out to Butler High School in Matthews (just outside of Charlotte) for a Shrine Bowl combine. Headlining the group as far as 2007 class Division 1A prospects were concerned were Butler standout Ryan Houston; Anson County stars Trinton Sturdivant, Michael Bowman and Barquell Rivers; Vance defensive back prospect Justin Byers and West Stanly defensive back Quantavius Sturdivant.
TSL was able to catch up with several of these kids to discuss the event as well as the recruiting process, among other things.
Anson County stars…
Michael Bowman was one of the first players to really catch my eye in the 40-yard dash, running what looked to have surely been one of the best times of the day. I later found out it was a 4.53 time (hand-timed), but the time was still impressive given the conditions of the day (it rained off and on throughout the running of the 40s, and the wind kicked up into the players faces).
Bowman wasn’t totally satisfied with his performance, but he certainly enjoyed the event.
“I think I did all right,” Bowman said. “I know the conditions weren’t that great so the 40 was kind of off, but overall it was all right. The combine has been great. You get to meet other players and it’s just great being here and having fun. Being able to come here and compete to be in the bowl game is a great opportunity for me. Overall, it’s been great.”
The 5-11, 167-pound Bowman has earned three scholarship offers so far – South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Recruiting is not in the forefront of Bowman’s mind right now, but he is enjoying the process.
“My main goal is to win the state championship in high school,” Bowman said. “But the recruiting process has been great. It’s been great to meet these coaching staffs, check out the facilities and visit schools. Everything we’ve been to, we’ve liked.”
There aren’t any clear favorites at this time and Bowman wants to wait a while before making a commitment.
“Right now I don’t have a top school,” Bowman said. “I’m just waiting to take all my official visits. Whatever school fits my game and my style, that’s the school I’m gonna roll with.”
Bowman and teammate Barquell Rivers recently visited UNC, an experience...
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