The Maryland staff has hosted almost every 2017 DMV recruit it has targeted, but Marcus Bowman (Frederick Douglass/Upper Marlboro, Md.) was the last straggler. On March 26, however, the outside linebacker joined about 20 other primetime talents in College Park. Md., for UMD’s team scrimmage.
“I had a real good time up there. It was me, my mother and my grandmother,” said Bowman, who holds offers from UMD, NC State, Temple, Iowa, Marshall and Syracuse. “I think Maryland has a real good staff now, and they have so much energy. It’s a lot different than how it was before. I like how they’re playing with high intensity and all that. They really get after it there.”
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Bowman said he honed in on the defense in particular. He liked defensive coordinator Scott Shafer’s aggressive scheme, as well as how the linebackers flew around the field.
“I really liked how the defense attacked. I mean, they were just getting after it, just playing with energy,” Bowman said. “I was sitting there in the stands like, ‘I want to get out there and hit someone (laughs).’ It was great.”
Afterwards, Bowman said he had a chance to reconnect with his recruiter and UMD’s linebackers’ coach, Matt Barnes. Bowman and the assistant have been in contact several time each week since the backers added a UMD offer in early February.
“It was kind of hectic so I didn’t get a chance to talk to all the coaches or Coach [D.J.] Durkin, but I did meet Coach Barnes. We have a real good relationship,” Bowman said. “He was telling he again how he loves how I play and attack the ball, and just told me to keep staying on my grades. He’s a cool dude. I like his personality.”
Bowman also had a chance to view the video of the impending facility upgrades. The $150 million renovations have been well-documented, recruits talking them up ad-nauseum. But since Bowman hasn’t been in College Park since last year, he’d yet to see what’s in store.
“They were real nice. I really like what they’re doing there with the indoor fields, the tunnel and all that,” Bowman said. “It ‘s pretty impressive.”
Bowman mentioned that both his mother and grandmother enjoyed their stay as well. He said both would love for him to stay close to home for college.
“My mom definitely wants me at Maryland,” laughed Bowman. “They want me to stay close so they don’t have to drive too far to my games.”
The Douglass linebacker, however, isn’t ready to heed his mother’s words just yet. Fact is, Maryland was the first college he’s been to and has yet to see any other universities. Thus, he wants to see the likes of Syracuse, NC State and potentially more before forming any kind of opinion.
“I do like Maryland a lot. They’re high on my radar. But I just want to see some other places first,” Bowman said. “I’m going to Syracuse in April with Devin [Butler] and I want to see what they’re about. And I definitely want to get down to NC State at some point.”
Bowman said he ideally would like to choose a school after his senior season. He want to go through the official visit process and see what offers he can procure after his film is evaluated.
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“I need time to think and see some places,” said Bowman, who is receiving interest from Georgia and Clemson. “I want to take some officials and just make sure the school I choose is definitely the right fit.”