CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Eight Power 5 schools have already offered Elijah Bowick, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver from the 2019 class, a scholarship. North Carolina isn't one of those eight, But, it appears just a matter of time before the Myers Park product holds a UNC scholarship offer.
"He does a little bit of everything as a receiver," Myers Park head coach Scott Chadwick said. "He uses his size, so sometimes you think, 'Okay, he's the big receiver.' But at the same time, he's capable of running past people. I think when you look at his highlight film what's really impressive is the newer, different ways he beat people. He's great on the goal line; he does a great job in the red zone of catching the fade -- he just takes the ball away from people. He scored multiple times on screens where he just broke tackles and just outraced people. And then, he's a guy that will go across the middle, as well. There's really not much he's missing in the arsenal -- he can catch the deep ball, he can catch the ball at the goal line, he's very strong, he breaks tackles, and he make people miss as well."
Eight games into his freshman year, an injury forced Myers Park coaches to call Bowick up from the junior varsity. The promotion wasn't simply for depth purposes -- he was thrust into the starting lineup, where he stayed for the remainder of the season. He finished the abbreviated year with a pair of touchdown grabs.
This past season, Bowick's sophomore campaign, he emerged as a go-to target. He finished with 67 receptions for 1,140 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Power 5 schools Duke, Louisville, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin have already offered Bowick. Chadwick believes it's only a matter of time before UNC joins that crowd.
"I think [UNC's] interest level is extremely high," Chadwick said. "Coach [Gunter] Brewer has been here the maximum amount of time he's allowed. Coach [Larry] Fedora was here, as well. I get the impression that Elijah is going to be a big priority for them."
According to Chadwick, Clemson is also extremely interested in Bowick, but is hesitant in offering a prospect so early.
Bowick visited UNC in early November for his first -- and so far only -- recruiting trip. He attended the Tar Heels' 48-20 victory against Georgia Tech. UNC's play that day was his biggest takeaway.
"They're aggressive, they fly around," Bowick said. "It was just amazing to watch. I loved the intensity level while they warmed up. They're just focused and locked in."
Bowick plans to return to UNC sometime this spring. He's scheduled to visit South Carolina and Virginia Tech later this month. Lastly, he's working on a spring trip to Clemson.
Three schools have emerged as early favorites for Bowick: Clemson, UNC, and Virginia Tech.
"They've been showing a lot of interest and I like the way they play," Bowick said.
Bowick is a New Jersey native. He moved to Charlotte in the sixth grade... In Salem, N.J., Bowick grew up with Wisconsin signee Jonathan Taylor... Bowick had previously played basketball for Myers Park, but elected not to play this season to focus more on football in the offseason.