"He has great potential because this is the first year he's ever played high school football," Havelock head coach Jim Bob Bryant said. "He's probably going to be 6-3, 6-4. He's a workout-aholic – he works out hard in the weight room. He's done a great job getting stronger and getting faster. He's a tremendous basketball player, too. He's a great student – smart kid."
Bowman began his prep career as a basketball player at Tampa Bay (Fla.) Christian Academy. Homesickness led him back to Havelock during his freshman year – too late to join its football team.
As a sophomore, Bowman went out for the football team, trying out at quarterback.
"We started so late with him that we ended up moving him," Bryant said. "Our offense is so complicated to understand for a new guy coming in. We saw him doing scout team catching balls all over the place, so we moved him to receiver that week and started."
In his first game as a starting receiver, Bowman caught a touchdown pass. He finished third on the team in receiving with 25 catches for 538 yards and eight touchdowns.
"He progressed as the year went," Bryant said.
Although Havelock returns the two receivers that finished ahead of Bowman in 2013, Bryant expects Bowman's numbers to escalate this coming season.
"He'll have a lot of yards this year, because last year we only threw it about 20 times a game because we had a 2,000-yard and 1,000-yard running back," Bryant said. "Those two guys are gone, so we're going to throw it 40 times a game this year."
Three schools have offered Bowman – East Carolina, North Carolina, and South Carolina. UNC assistant coach Dan Disch offered Bowman during an evaluation visit to Havelock.
"We showed Disch some of his [football] highlights and then we showed him some of his basketball highlights with him dunking over people as a 6-2 point guard," Bryant said. "He was like ‘Man, we have to get some of you guys. We have to get some of you Havelock guys at North Carolina.'"
Bryant hopes that both Bowman and his older brother, Michael, give the in-state schools a strong look but doesn't expect them to attend the same school.
"I think they're going to look for what's best for them and they both are different," Bryant said.
The younger Bowman confirmed Bryant's assumptions.
"I don't think I'll follow him [to a school], because him and I have two different opinions of where we want to go," Bowman said.
The main difference between the two brothers is Kyran's love of basketball.
"The first school that goes to him and says ‘Kyran, we've talked to our basketball coach and we're going to give you the chance to play both at the next level' that might be the school he goes to," Bryant said. "He wants the chance to play both at the next level and he wants to stay in-state."
Bowman says that UNC and South Carolina are his top two schools.
"I like North Carolina because it's close," Bowman said. "And like South Carolina because Pharoh [Cooper] is there and he said it's a good school."
Bowman attended UNC's Junior Day a month ago which was capped off by attending the UNC-Duke basketball game.
"It was a good experience," Bowman said. "There were a lot of fans there and a hyped place to be around. They showed a lot of love to our football players there."
The "love" came in the form of a celebrity themed entrance for each of its visitors.
"It felt good that they were showing love to me and my brother as we were walking down the [Carolina Blue] carpet and going through all the Hollywood [themed] stuff," Bowman said.
"It was pretty exciting to see two teams that I've always wanted to see go head-to-head," Bowman said. "We stayed for the whole game, but I didn't rush the court because I didn't want to get lost."
Bowman got to see the football side of UNC when he attended "Zero Dark Thursday," UNC's night match up against Miami last season.
"It was hyped," Bowman said. "It was good to see all the fans out there. I didn't think there would be that many out there, because it was a Thursday night. But they were all out there to support their team."
Bowman has also visited Auburn, East Carolina, and NC State.
This past basketball season, Bowman was named the Coastal Conference Player of the Year. From his point guard position, he led the team in points (24.6), rebounds (8.2), assists (4.0), and blocked shots (1.6)… Bowman grew up a UNC fan because of its basketball program and his cousin, Bruce Carter, played linebacker there.