Bowman's the Next Star at Havelock

Havelock has one of the top high school football programs in North Carolina. Over the years, the Rams have produced several big-time players. Sophomore wide receiver Michael Bowman is the next one.

Havelock won the 3A state championship for the second year in a row in 2012.

While the Rams returned many playmakers from their 2011 championship team, they were looking for a No. 1 wide receiver at the beginning of the last season. They found one in 6-foot-2, 190-pound sophomore Michael Bowman.

"It was a good season," he said. "We had a tough game at the beginning of the year with the loss to New Bern, but we were able to bounce back. We just kept working hard every week."

After the loss, Bowman and the Rams went on a 14-game winning streak. The Rams' playmaker said he knew he was going to play well.

"I expected the success because I really worked hard in the offseason," Bowman said.

As for recruiting, Bowman already has multiple scholarship offers.

"I have offers from South Carolina, ECU, N.C. State, and UNC," he said. "I've also been hearing from Penn State."

Two schools are at the top of his list.

"N.C. State and UNC are my favorite schools," Bowman said. "Right now, they're both even."

Over the next several months, Bowman will take some trips with his high school coaches.

"Coach (Caleb) King is taking me sometime this month to South Carolina and N.C. State," said Bowman. "Then this summer, I think Coach (Jim Bob) Bryant and Coach King are taking us to camps at UNC and South Carolina."

Although he is only a sophomore, Bowman already knows what he will be looking for when he takes the trips.

"When I go on these visits, I will be looking at education first and then football," he said. "With football, I want to play in a spread like we do at Havelock. I also want to go to a program that wins."

For now, Bowman is working to improve his game.

"I'm going to keep working on my speed and keep trying to get bigger," Bowman said. "I just want to be a better player than I was last season."

Bowman finished the season with 50 catches for 805 yards and six touchdowns.

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