“It’s with my mom working, transportation and getting up there has been tough,” Bowman said.
Bowman, a 6-foot-1, 161-pound wide receiver from Havelock High, says he’ll be able to make it to both of UNC’s final two home games – Pittsburgh on Nov. 15 and NC State on Nov. 29. He says he has worked out the transportation for both trips.
“I’m hoping to get a win – especially over State,” Bowman said with a laugh.
Last season, Bowman attended “Zero Dark Thursday,” UNC’s Thursday night “blackout” game against Miami.
While he has been unable to see UNC play in person this season, Bowman has caught most games on television.
“We have a lot of young players right now,” Bowman said. “A lot of sophomores and juniors are playing.”
Instead of focusing on games’ outcomes, Bowman has been evaluating the offense, which is very similar to the scheme Havelock employs.
“They run a spread, up-tempo offense and that was what I was looking for [in a college],” Bowman said.
Dan Disch, who recruits southeast N.C. for UNC, spearheaded the efforts to secure Bowman’s verbal commitment back in March. However, Bowman’s communication has transferred more towards Larry Fedora and Gunter Brewer, the Tar Heels’ wide receivers coach.
“I talk to them on Tuesdays most weeks,” Bowman said. “We just talk about how it’s going to be up there and where I’ll be playing at.”
Bowman is happy that he speaks more to Brewer, since he’ll be the coach he’ll spend the most time with once on campus.
“Our relationship is good,” Bowman said. “We talk a lot. Even when I call Coach Disch, Coach Brewer is always around. So I talk to Coach Brewer even when I talk to Coach Disch.”
Additionally, Brewer coached Bowman when he attended Fedora’s Freak Show back in June.
“He acts like he knows what he’s doing,” Bowman said. “I learned a lot from him. And he’s a good man to be around.”
Bowman’s friend and teammate, Keion Joyner, is a five-star linebacker and the No. 2 ranked prospect in the 2016 class.
“I haven’t really talked to him [about UNC], because I feel like it’s his decision,” Bowman said. “It’s mostly on him. He knows where I want him to go.”
Each of the past three seasons has ended with Havelock winning the NCHSAA 3A Championship. With a 9-1 record, the Rams are poised to four-peat.
“We try to get better every week,” Bowman said. “We’re trying to get another state championship.”
After focusing on basketball, last season was Bowman’s first playing high school football. He finished the 2013 season with 25 catches for 538 yards and eight touchdowns. He has surpassed almost all of those numbers ten games into this season – 42 receptions for 560 yards and five touchdowns.
“I feel more comfortable, because I know what’s expected out of me,” Bowman said.
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