Although he missed roughly half of his junior season due to injury, LB Reggie Bowens from Garner (NC) High School has emerged as one of the state's top prospects for the class of 2008.
At 6-2, 210 pounds and boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Bowens has starred at running back and safety at Garner but likely projects as an outside linebacker on the next level. To date, he's landed a quartet of offers to include UNC, South Carolina, Clemson and East Carolina.
NC State was heavily involved at Garner High School last year when they were a major player for Chris Culliver. They've yet to offer Bowens but did host the rising senior this past weekend during the spring game.
"The visit went good," said Bowens. "It was a good game and they have really nice facilities. I spoke to a couple of the coaches but I ended up leaving early so I didn't get to talk to them too much.
"Right now I feel like State would be a good option for me if I decided to stay in the state. They haven't really mentioned anything to me about whether or not they're going to offer."
Bowens has attended junior days at Clemson, UNC and South Carolina. He says he doesn't have any favorites at the current time.