Ridgeland High School – Rossville, Ga. – Athletic Director's Honor Roll (fall semester)
Why he redshirted:
Bowman wasn't cleared to enroll at Georgia until Aug. 2, causing him to miss summer workouts and setting him behind. There was also a wealth of depth in the secondary and special teams would have been the ceiling for his freshman season.
A look at the depth chart:
Depth in the secondary is top-heavy due to senior starters and offseason attrition.
Coming in the 2012 recruiting class:
"I think Bowman's a guy that spring practice will be important. …You like his movement skills, you like the way he runs around. He's a competitor. I think it's just a matter of us getting him in the classroom and getting him up to speed in our system and letting him compete in the spring for a spot, really. – Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham
What the spring needs to bring:
It's an obvious point, but one worth making – all young players need to gain more knowledge and understanding of the playbook. Bowman enrolled late, but had plenty of time to learn last season. He needs to grow more comfortable in this defense.
From a physical standpoint, he is long and slender. He needs to gain strength, add size and provide more than just coverage.
Contributions for next season and beyond:
Bowman was enthusiastic during his redshirt season. He was fired up during warmups and before games and was involved on the sideline despite knowing he couldn't actually play in the games.
While I've listed both safety and cornerback for Bowman, it looks like he's built more as a corner. He is taller than most for this position and has the athleticism to be a good cover guy.
Special teams will be Bowman's home in 2012, but he'll need to get ready to play in the seasons to come. The mass exodus in the secondary following '12 will leave Bowman in a perfect spot to seize playing time if he continues to progress.
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