So is Donald Bowens still considering the Hoosiers or isn't he?
The 6-3, 195-pound wide receiver from St. Petersburg, Fla., is a player who's already visited Bloomington nearly two months ago, yet remains undecided. There have been a variety of reports in recent weeks about which schools he's still considering, and whether or not Indiana is still on that list.
According to Bowens, Indiana is still a potential destination for him next fall.
"Oh yeah, I'm definitely still considering Indiana," said Bowens.
Indiana is in the mix along with N.C. State, Iowa State, Rutgers, South Florida, Ole Miss and Nebraska. He's already taken official visits to Indiana (Nov. 4) and Iowa State (Nov. 11), but those early trips haven't translated into an early decision for the Florida standout.
"I'll probably take some more visits in January, and I probably won't decide until signing day," said Bowens.
With a limited number of scholarships to offer, it's questionable whether the Indiana staff will be able to set aside one for Bowens until the first week of February. While wide receiver is certainly a position where Indiana needs plenty of depth with Terry Hoeppner's spread offense, Indiana brings back James Hardy, Jahkeen Gilmore and Brandon Walker-Roby, among others.
James Bailey's status remains up in the air, so there's certainly a possibility Indiana will wind up signing a wide receiver in this class. But with January a visit from Ohio's Ray Fisher looming, along with possible trips from some more Florida preps in January as well, that spot could be filled before the February signing day rolls around.
While that could be working against Bowens winding up in Bloomington, there's no question he has a chance to be an impact player at the collegiate level. While he only caught 25-30 balls as a senior on a team that went 4-6, he has all the tools that college coaches covet.
"Coaches say they like my physicality, my hands and my size," said Bowens.
While the Indiana coaches are among those who like those attributes, Indiana in turn has something Bowens likes – a strong journalism school. Academics will weigh heavily into his decision, and he's considering pursuing a journalism degree in college.
During Bowens' November visit he had a chance to look at not only IU's School of Journalism, but the football program as well. He said both were impressive.
"It went pretty good," said Bowens. "The game wasn't capacity, but it was still a good atmosphere. The players were also cool to be around.
"The coaches said I could fit in great there and help out a lot at wide receiver."
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