Giorgio Bowers Toiling Under The Radar

A top high school athlete need help from his coaches and teammates to show off his skills. He can't do it alone. Especially at a position like running back. No matter how well you run, if the offensive line doesn't open holes, you can't show off your skills. Rich Central's Giorgio Bowers falls into that category, but he has the potential to be a standout.

Giorgio Bowers toiled for a Rich Central team that struggled to win games last fall. Thus, he didn't accumulate the statistics needed to receive postseason honors and attract college recruiters.

That is why he attended the Scout 7 on 7 camp in Columbus, Ohio, in late March. Even though he was used almost exclusively as a receiver and defensive back at the camp, Giorgio impressed with his overall athleticm. He enjoyed the experience.

"I like it. I like the competition from different states. It's real fun. There's a lot of good athletes."

While Bowers wasn't able to show his running skills in a passing camp, he did demonstrate excellent hands. On one play, he was running to his right and had to leap and adjust to a ball thrown high and behind him. He grabbed it with his left hand, fell to the ground onto his left side while holding firmly to the ball. It was possibly the best catch of the two-day camp.

He also played some defense. He looks and plays like a running back, but he will gladly play anywhere asked of him to earn a college scholarship.

"I'm playing defense out here also. If someone tells me they need a safety, I'm gonna do it. If it's gonna help out the team, I'm willing to switch over to safety. But I'm a running back."

No less an authority than Randy Taylor, the former Illinois player and full-time talent evaluator for NCSA Sports, thinks highly of Bowers.

"I like Giorgio Bowers. To me, he's very underrated. He's small at 5'-9", but he's physically thick with a strong build. He's right now one of the better players in the Chicago area. I really like him a lot. Giorgio could play either side of the ball. He's just really athletic and explosive."

Giorgio is extremely strong in the upper body and thighs, and he weighs around 200 pounds. He has run a 4.52 forty yard dash, which is exceptional for a running back his size. He is running track this spring.

"I'm gonna run track for the first time this year. My freshman and sophomore year, I played baseball. But I'm definitely gonna try track this year. I've been working out. Nothing but sprints. I didn't do indoor. I'm working out until outdoor starts. I'm not a big indoor person."

He is working hard to help Rich Central field an improved team this fall. He realizes his best hope of gaining national attention is to have a winning team.

"We had a young team last year, and we had no leadership from our seniors. But this year, I'm coming up and with the other seniors we're getting good leadership. And we're getting a new coach. So I'm looking to go at least to the semifinals this year."

Giorgio Bowers has received inquiries from Illinois and a number of other schools. They will follow his progress during summer camps and his fall season. Right now, Northern Illinois is his only scholarship offer, but expect that to increase as more people become aware of him.

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