Big-Time Receiver Chooses Pirates

Among the recent commitments to the East Carolina football program is a highly touted wide receiver from Johnson City, Tennessee, Bryan Bowling.

Bowling is a tall, fast wide-out, the type that most pass-oriented college football programs, including ECU's are seeking. The 6-3, 170-pound Bowling caught 43 passes for 1,002 yards, and an amazing 27.7 yards per catch in his senior year at Science Hill High School. Bowling led the Hilltoppers to an 8-4 record and a playoff berth. For his efforts, Bowling was honored as a second-team member of Tennessee's All-State team.

Bowling's high school coach John Bowles thinks the Pirates will be pleased with Bowling's ability. Says Bowles, "He's got some ability to play right away, but he plays different sports and hasn't had time to spend in the weight room." Bowles also emphasized Bowling's speed, "He can just about outrun anybody we've played against. Bowling runs a 4.5 in the 40.

Middle Tennessee and Tennessee Tech were the other schools Bowling gave serious looks to before deciding on ECU. On his decision to join Steve Logan's squad, Bowling said, "I like the football there. I like the coaches, the school, everything."

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