JC Safety is on Sun Devils' recruiting radar

Following an impressive freshman season at L.A. Pierce College Arizona State didn't wait long to offer safety Gerald Bowman. A couple of other Pac-12 programs have followed suit and one can certainly expect more conference members to throw their hat into the ring. Devils Digest caught up with Bowman to talk about his recruitment with the Sun Devils.

"Recruiting with Arizona State is going very well," said the 6-1 215 Gerald Bowman. "I have a very good relationship with the coaches. (Linebackers) Coach Trent Bray is recruiting me and I also been talking to (cornerbacks) coach Burns. I really like talking to the coaches there because they are up front with me and tell it like it is with me. I know it's an up and coming program and if I went there I would have an opportunity to play early.

"I did watch some of their highlights and I saw that they have a great JC safety who wears #2 (Eddie Elder) and who plays really hard and I like that. I know if I came there I have a chance to do what he does."

Bowman had a solid freshman campaign in 2010, posting 58 tackles and one interception while starting all but one game for the Brahmas. He indicated that the ASU coaches haven't pegged him as a strong or a free safety throughout the recruitment process, and actually like the versatility he has to play both roles.

"The Arizona State coaches said I am a sure tackler and they also like my speed," said Bowman who reported a 40-yard dash time of 4.43. "They also like me as someone who can blitz. They like my passion and how I bring it every game. I am a student of the game that prepares very hard."

The Sun Devils offered the safety shortly after his season ended. They were the second program to offer him after South Florida did so earlier in the year. Arizona and Cal offered following ASU and in the upcoming weeks and months Bowman expects to get offers from other Pac-12 schools.

"Oregon is recruiting me very hard and I have been in contact with their secondary coach," Bowman stated. "USC hasn't talked to me but they have talked to my coach and said that if they offer me they want me to commit now. But I don't think it will be a good decision for me to commit now because I want to check out all my options and I am probably not going to decide before my season ends. Oklahoma is another school that has contacted my coach.

"I am very excited getting so many good offers so early and having other schools thinking about offering me too."

The safety added that he plans to take an unofficial visit to both Arizona schools sometime next month (preferably on April 23rd when ASU will have its spring game). He also intends to take unofficial visits to Oregon and USC in the upcoming months.

Bowman attended a prep school in North Carolina and did receive attention out of high school from Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Clemson.

"I came out west to play my JC ball because I knew this where the highest level of competition was and this is what was going to help me get recruited," Bowman explained. "I love it here out west and even though I have family back east I think I'm going to stay out here to play my college ball. I like being close to my family, but being away from them will help me concentrate on football more and focus on what I really want to do with my life."

Bowman is on track to graduate in December and sign as a mid-year transfer. He will have three years to play two.


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