Tigers Move in EARLY for 2008 Recruit

Once every two years, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High in South Carolina brings out a major player onto the recruiting scene. In 2004, Matt Raysor committed early to South Carolina and went on to star in the Shrine Bowl. This year, Clemson grabbed five-star defensive end Ricky Sapp from the school. The school appears poised to display another defensive stud two years from now.

Daquan Bowers, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive tackle, is the heir apparent for the school. Already with several verbal offers, he is with battling A.J. Green for the top spot as a Super Soph in the Palmetto State.

"(Ricky Sapp and Matt Raysor) encouraged me to come out to play ball, they knew I had the skills to do it," Bowers admitted. "I didn't think I would be good enough to play somewhere after high school, I knew I would try out and probably make the team, but I never thought it would be like this."

Bowers attributes his success to the environment of the school saying the coaches and teachers really care about the students, but he also feels like there is a family atmosphere between the players. According to Bowers, Sapp plays a special part in his success.

"I just like to use the fundamentals that I have been taught by my coaches but still be a smash mouth player with a lot of speed involved. I pattern my game after Julius Peppers, quick, technique, and strength. (Ricky) is the one that taught me how to use my hands, the moves that I use, the rips, everything. He is helping me with my speed right now."

Sapp also helped Bowers gain the notoriety this early in the process. As the major colleges came through to visit and recruit Sapp, they would glance at Bowers and say 'who's he?' However, the first offer came very early for Bowers and without anyone's help.

"I think my first offer was Clemson when I went to the Tommy Bowden camp as a freshman, my upcoming freshman year. They liked what I showed them at camp, and they offered after that.

"My second offer was Georgia. I went down there with Ricky and they saw me when they watched him and they offered verbally."

Florida State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech round out the offers at the moment, but Bowers feels like he already has two offers that jump out.

"My biggest schools right now are Clemson and South Carolina because of Ricky and Matt. I am not sure if I want to wait, but I am going to see some schools this fall, as many as I can.

"It is going to be a big decision, and both of them are like family. I want to be close to my family, too. Family is a big responsibility and a big part of my life, so they will have a big part of it too. I just want to go somewhere that I can be a part of something special and not just a player on a team."

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