GT Commit Prepares to Play in Spring

Shane Bowen committed to Georgia Tech back in August and is enrolling in January. Bowen will get a jump on other incoming defensive backs by being able to participate in the next spring practice.

Shane Bowen committed to Georgia Tech back in August and is enrolling at GT in January. Bowen will get a jump on other defensive backs the Yellow Jackets might sign from this year's class by being able to participate in the next spring practice. Just a few weeks ago Shane actually took his official visit to the Tech campus.

"I just took that (official visit) actually… Clemson game," Bowen said.

Who hosted Shane on his official visit?

"The safety… Joe Gaston," Bowen said. "We went to the game. I actually sat in on some of the meetings. Just watched the game and then we went out to eat. (It was) me and my parents, some of the grad assistants and Joe met up with us after the game. Then we turned around and met some of the guys… He took me out a little bit and showed me Atlanta."

Shane said that it was his first time experiencing the nightlife in Atlanta and he seemed to really like it.

Looking ahead to next season, I wanted to know if Shane had a chance to study the upcoming depth chart.

"I know Gaston's supposed to start at safety I think because (Chris) Reis is graduating…," Bowen said. "I'm hoping to maybe get in there and hopefully do something; get on special teams at least."

The Yellow Jackets could be in the need of some early help at the safety position next year with both starters graduating.

"Yeah, that's what Coach (John) Tenuta was saying," Bowen said. "They were debating between outside backer or safety and he said, ‘if you can play safety and you learn the system, you're going to play there.' So yeah, I'd rather play at safety too rather than outside backer if I had the choice."

Shane looks to be heading to a specific position for the defensive.

"In high school I played free (safety) but at Georgia Tech I'm probably going to end up playing strong (safety)," Bowen said.

When asked if he was the type of defensive back who liked to lay the big hit or make interceptions, Shane responded with a laugh as if he had no doubt about his answer.

"I'm a hitter guy," Bowen said. "I like to hit."

At his size and obvious pleasure he takes in hitting, I'm not sure he's going to be the receivers' best friends while on the flats.

"I'm about 6'4"… I think 212," Bowen said. "I put on a lot of weight. I think I graduated at 197."

Shane graduated last year so he hasn't actually played ball since last season. He has stayed in shape this year though and has remained around the game enough to retain his mental sharpness.

"I play basketball, baseball and all that," Bowen said. "Over the summer I worked out with the high school team as far as lifting and running. I went through all of their summer programs… I helped out with our football team here this year; coaching a little bit. I've been around the game… been at the high school every day lifting and running a little bit."


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