Bowanko Drawing Division 1A Interest

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Centreville High School (Clifton, VA) offensive tackle Luke Bowanko , a first-team all-Concorde district selection this past season as a junior, has been the most heavily recruited Wildcats rising senior according to head coach Gerry Pannoni. The 6-6, 260-pound prospect has yet to receive a Division 1A offer, but he has plenty of interested parties.

“I don’t think he has any offers right now, but he has been down to UVa, North Carolina, Boston College, Duke and Virginia Tech. He is going back to North Carolina for a junior day and he is going to Tech for the Spring Game,” Pannoni said. “Luke also has interest from Penn State and Michigan. He has a lot of interest, but no offers yet.”

Asked what the primary reason may be for the lack of a 1A offer so far, Pannoni replied, “Probably more than anything is Luke’s size and strength. He is not weak, but this is a kid who as a freshman was only 6-4, 200 pounds. He was not super strong right off the bat, but he is to the point now where he is one of the stronger kids. He reminds me of a kid I coached when I was at West Springfield. His name is James Dexter. James was tall and skinny and athletic, too, but when all was said and done he had a solid career in the NFL. I think Luke is the same way in that, even if he pushes the 300-plus pound mark, he would be able to keep his agility and athleticism.”

Coach Pannoni discussed which school the talented Bowanko would probably like to land an offer from first.

“If he had his wishes, he probably would want an offer from Maryland. He grew up being a Maryland fan,” Pannoni said. “He has visited Maryland and talked a lot with their coaches. They told him they want him a little bigger and a little heavier. In terms of that, he fits the mold of a college offensive lineman because he is 6-6, but not the mold because he is only 260 pounds or so. He is consistently putting on weight and he is also very young. He is a young 16-year old junior, so his upside is tremendous.”

In-state 1A programs Virginia and Virginia Tech have expressed very serious interest so far and Bowanko has reciprocated the interest, having made visits to each program. In addition to heading to Virginia Tech’s Spring Game, he is expected to attend UVa’s spring practice tomorrow.

“He definitely is very interested in both of the in-state