"He's strong," Havelock head coach Jim Bob Bryant said. "We tested him last week in the weight room – he benched 250 [pounds] and squatted 415 [pounds].He's a consistent 4.6 kid in the 40-[yard dash]. He's hard to tackle. He has great hands, big kid. He could be either a receiver or an outside linebacker at the next level, because he's physical."
Bowman has two NCHSAA 3A State Championship rings. He was promoted to varsity during Havelock's 2011 title run. But it wasn't until this past season, his sophomore year, that he began to make an impact for Havelock.
As a sophomore, Bowman caught 50 passes for 852 yards and six touchdowns. He also saw spot duty at outside linebacker making five tackles and two sacks.
According to Bowman, UNC offered him a scholarship just before the NCHSAA title game against Concord (N.C.).
"[UNC] likes him a lot," Bryant said. "Coach [Dan] Disch has been calling me to make sure he came up to their Freak Show [Camp]."
East Carolina, NC State, and South Carolina have also offered.
Disch's persistence paid off and Bowman attended Fedora's Freak Show. Bowman's late arrival made him miss the timing portion of the camp, but he participated in the individual position and one-on-one drills.
"It went well," Bowman said. "They told me to come up next month for the July camp. I might do that – it depends if anything is going on with my football team. It was fun, though, going up against the best players."
Bowman is now eyeing a camp at Ohio State, as well as summer visits to Florida and Florida State.
In addition to Fedora's Freak Show, Bowman has attended two basketball games at UNC. He has also visited NC State and South Carolina.
Bryant believes that Bowman will ultimately be an in-state battle.
"I think his two top schools are [North] Carolina and [N.C.] State right now," Bryant said. "I think he wants to stay in-state."
Bowman didn't deny Bryant's assessment – he says his top two schools are indeed UNC and NC State. Besides both being in-state, Bowman has family ties to both schools. His uncle, Ledel George, played football at NC State and he has a cousin who graduated from UNC.
In addition to his family connections, Bowman will have former teammates suiting up for major college programs this fall – Malcolm Ashley (East Carolina), Pharoh Cooper (South Carolina), A.J. Coplon (East Carolina), and Kendal Vickers (Tennessee). Also, current teammate Derrell Scott is a four-star prospect with offers from coast-to-coast.
"[Those connections] may affect me, but whatever school I choose is what school is best for me," Bowman said. "I'll just have to see how colleges are on education."
Bowman also starts on Havelock's basketball team where he nearly averaged a double-double this past season (16.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists).