It was the second trip to NC State in a week for Bowens.
"I went up to NC State's practice last week, and I went to their scrimmage [Sunday]," he stated. "Some of the boys looked real tired from when they had two-a-day workouts.
"They are one of my top schools, but I'm keeping my options open right now. I got to talk with the coaches some more."
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. Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 26 strongside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Bowens claims offers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson, East Carolina, App. State, and Marshall.
NC State has yet to extend a scholarship offer.
"They haven't offered me a scholarship yet," said Bowens. "But they've told me that they are looking for linebackers. They are trying to get some big-time star linebackers in there so they can run a strong defense."
Currently two programs hold the lead for Bowens.
"North Carolina and South Carolina are my top schools," he stated. "I went to camp at both schools, and I liked them. I like their coaches too."
Would NC State jump in the mix should they extend a scholarship offer?
"They would be up near the top because they are an in-state school," said Bowens. "I think they are going to have a good program."
Now he is looking to lead Garner back to the playoffs. The Trojans participated in the 2007 Pigskin Kickoff, but Bowens sat out the scrimmage.
"I didn't play in the Pigskin," he said. "I recently pulled my quad. I'm questionable for the Millbrook game [this week], but I'm hoping to be back for the next game."
Joining Morgan in Raleigh was Garner teammate Tony Morgan. Both have similar schools in contention. Could they be a package deal?
"We're not sure right now, but we might try that," said Bowens. "I want to commit around the middle of the season. I want to see how I progress from last year and how things will go with other offers once I send out another tape."