"I've started getting interest from Michigan. They watched my highlight tape and they like it. I'm hearing from big schools and small schools. Texas A&M-Commerce and North Texas are also showing me heavy interest."
Holy Cross is ranked number one among small schools (A-3A) by the local media in New Orleans, but the Tigers were shut out by Mandeville in last week's jamboree. How is the team dealing with the expectations?
"There's a big target on us," Bowman said. "Everybody wants a piece of us. We need to keep practicing hard, keep grinding, and focus on the season. A couple of week ago, we didn't step out like we should have against Ponchatoula in a scrimmage. I had seven tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble, but I still don't feel like we did too well."
Things don't get any easier this weekend for Bowman and the Tigers, as they travel to the northshore for a clash with 5A Slidell. The (Slidell) Tigers have a patented one-two punch at running back with Stephon Smith and Jonathan Miles, as well as a tremendous cornerback in Stephen Smith. The Smith twins played for St. Paul's in 2009.
Last year, Holy Cross went 9-3 and advanced to the second-round of the 3A playoffs (lost 27-20 to Rayville).