Marcus Bowman was offered by NC State a very long time ago but he has not kept in regular contact with the coaching staff. That does not mean he has ruled the Wolfpack out and NC State is not unique in terms of being a school that has been quiet lately.
Bowman (6-2 1/2, 225) has offers from Syracuse, Maryland, Iowa, Temple and Marshall. Not all of those schools have been talking to Bowman much more than NC State's coaches.
He is still only a junior and that means there is plenty of time for coaches to decide where exactly he fits into their recruiting strategy. With the spring evaluation period here and summer camps upcoming Bowman should know soon where he stands with all of those schools and others.
The only school he has visited so far is Maryland. That's the school that is closer to the Upper Marlboro (MD) Frederick Douglass player's home than any other and that's the main reason he visited with the Terrapins.
"I visited Maryland because it was really close. It's a nice school. They have a nice coaching staff. I plan on going on visits this summer because that's when I'll have more time. I'll have more time then and I should be able to see more schools."
Maryland might be close to home but Bowman said he doesn't know anybody at the school other than the coaches on the staff that have been recruiting him. For that reason Maryland's location advantage might not be as significant as it would be in other cases when players might have friends or former teammates on the roster or on campus as students.
NC State is not a newcomer to Bowman. They offered a long time ago but they have taken a more laid back approach to how they interact with him since then.
"They offered my tenth grade year. I have no idea how they found out about me but I just remember one day my coaches had texted me saying I got an offer from them. I don't remember who it was that I talked to from there but it was somebody who had sent me a (direct message) on Twitter. I'd say I don't know too much about them. I will learn more but I don't know too much because I don't really watch sports like that. I haven't heard that much from them. I get mail from them and finally I got offered by them."
The school is not as close to where Bowman lives as Maryland but he sees some appeal to the location of the Raleigh-based campus.
"I wouldn't have a problem going that far to a place like NC State. My mom told me I have family over there. I've only been that way for a family reunion. I wouldn't mind being there."
Most of Bowman's offers have come after NC State offered him.
Bowman was an all-state selection in 2015 for his play as a junior at Frederick Douglass.