Frederick Douglass (Upper Marlboro, Md.) class of 2017 linebacker Marcus Bowman knew the former Maryland regime from when ex-area recruiter Mike Locksley and former head coach Randy Edsall recruited his senior teammate, Devin Butler (Syracuse). But now Bowman’s been introduced to an entirely different set of UMD coaches, and it’s safe to say D.J. Durkin and Co. will be getting to know the Douglass product quite well from here on out.
On Signing Day, Feb. 3, Durkin extended an offer to the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Bowman, an outside backer coming off a 70-plus-tackle, double-digit sack campaign.
“It feels real good to get offered from Maryland,” said Bowman, who now holds verbals from UMD, NC State, Iowa and Temple. “I’d been thinking about going there a lot, actually. I liked Coach Locksley when he was at Maryland, and he got me interested in [the Terps]. And now that I have the offer from the new staff, I’m thinking about them even more.”
Bowman said the Terps’ defensive staff evaluated his film and deemed him offer worthy. He said he spoke to Durkin personally following the Feb. 3 verbal.
“Coach Durkin said the coaches all watched my footage and were really excited watching it. He said I did real good out there this year,” Bowman said. “Coach Durkin said he likes that I’m aggressive and out there attacking people. I felt real good about myself when he said that. He’s a good guy to talk to.”
The Prince George’s County native said the idea of representing his state at the local university readily appealed. He doesn’t know anyone personally at Maryland, but is aware of the local players staying home for college.
“I’ve seen they’ve brought a lot of local guys in so that makes [UMD] stand out,” Bowman said. “And it’s the hometown school and my family wouldn’t have to drive far to see me play. That’s important to me too, that my family sees my games.”
Bowman has been on campus once before. He participated in the June 27, 2015, Big Show camp, taking the opportunity to walk around before the event began.
“I thought it was pretty nice up there. I liked the campus,” Bowman said. “It’s nice facilities, a nice stadium, and just a pretty cool place to be. I’m going back up there when I get the chance, probably in the spring.”
Bowman has not visited any other school besides UMD. He said his parents haven’t had time to take him out, but should be able to see a few programs in the coming months. The Douglass product specifically mentioned he’d like to visit NC State since the Wolfpack coaches have been in touch often enough.
“But really I just want to see as many schools as I can,” said Bowman, who is receiving interest from PSU, Purdue, Wake Forest and Ohio State. “I can’t really say what schools stick out or anything until I see some more places. But I do like Maryland a lot right now.”
Bowman also noted that academics would play a role in how he views a college. He said he wants to be an architect one day.
“I like to draw and build, so I want to find a good program for that,” Bowman said. “But mainly just a school with good academics in general.”
The Douglass recruit said he had a standout junior season, showing out rushing the passer and tracking down backs laterally.
“But I do need to work on my coverage,” Bowman said. “Coverage is the main thing. But other than that, wherever the ball, I was there.”